Crews respond to 22-car train derailment in Hardin County
Officials say 22 cars derailed and there are no reported injuries.
HARDIN COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) – Multiple agencies responded to a train derailment in Hardin County on Saturday.
It happened around 7 a.m. along the 8500 block of Battle Training Road, also known as Highway 434. A portion of the road from Joe Prather Highway to Happy Hallow Road is expected be closed for the next few days.
CSX spokesperson Laura Phelps says 22 cars out of 163 derailed.
While fire officials originally stated leftover sodium hydroxide spilled from a few train cars, Phelps says further investigation by emergency management crews proved otherwise.
“We had some hazmat tank cars that did derail, but they were effectively empty cars. We call them residual cars because they're not entirely cleaned out of product, but none of the product from those cars leaked out onto the ground,” Phelps told WDRB News.
The only items she said that spilled from the train were plastic pellets. In addition to the pellets, the train was also carrying lumber and automobiles, but the vast majority of train cars were empty.
While CSX crews work to determine the cause of the derailment, the damaged cars are moved to a staging area to figure out which ones can be salvaged and will need to be scrapped. In doing so it allows workers to restore the damaged tracks.
CSX is asking the community to bear with them.
“As we work as quickly as we can and as safely as we can to clean this up, we understand it's a disruption for them and we just appreciate their patience,” Phelps said.
The train was traveling from Birmingham, Alabama to Toledo, Ohio.
Kentucky State Police say no injuries were reported.
Hardin County Sheriff's Office say Highway 434 will be closed until at least Monday night from Joe Prather Highway to Happy Hollow Rd.
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