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Evacuations ordered after train derailment, HazMat alert issued

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A train derailment in far southwestern Jefferson County has led to a chemical release, a hazmat declaration, closed a major roadway, and an evacuation of a one-mile radius of the derailment site.

Reports of the derailment near the Ohio Valley Dragway on Katherine Station Road came in to MetroSafe at 6:27 a.m. There were also reports of a strong chemical odor in the air. Emergency crews have confirmed that one of the cars is leaking butadiene, a flammable, colorless gas with a mild aromatic odor.

Butadiene is a highly explosive material that cannot be contained with water. Crews used a blanket of foam on the spill in an effort to keep the fumes down.

Other chemicals aboard the train include hydrochloride, sodium hydroxide, calcium carbide, and methyl isobutyl ketone. None of them was believed to be leaking.

Pleasure Ridge Park firefighters declared the derailment a Level 3 HazMat situation. It is the highest alert level for a hazardous materials incident.

Richard Harrison, assistant chief of the Buechel Fire District said the Paducah & Louisville Railway train consisted of 39 cars and that eight of them derailed. Harrison said the car carrying butadiene was upside down.

The derailed tanker car has a capacity of 30,000 gallons. Officials did not immediately know how much butadiene it was carrying. Harrison said monitors will be set up to check the air for explosive levels.

A train derailment in far southwestern Jefferson County has led to a chemical release, a hazmat declaration, closed a major roadway, and an evacuation of a one-mile radius of the derailment site.

Reports of the derailment near the Ohio Valley Dragway on Katherine Station Road came in to MetroSafe at 6:27 a.m. There were also reports of a strong chemical odor in the air. Emergency crews have confirmed that one of the cars is leaking butadiene, a flammable, colorless gas with a mild aromatic odor.

Butadiene is a highly explosive material that cannot be contained with water. Crews used a blanket of foam on the spill in an effort to keep the fumes down.

Other chemicals aboard the train include hydrochloride, sodium hydroxide, calcium carbide, and methyl isobutyl ketone. None of them was believed to be leaking.

Pleasure Ridge Park firefighters declared the derailment a Level 3 HazMat situation. It is the highest alert level for a hazardous materials incident.

Richard Harrison, assistant chief of the Buechel Fire District said the Paducah & Louisville Railway train consisted of 39 cars and that eight of them derailed. Harrison said the car carrying butadiene was upside down.

The derailed tanker car has a capacity of 30,000 gallons. Officials did not immediately know how much butadiene it was carrying. Harrison said monitors will be set up to check the air for explosive levels.

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