Residents near derailment site evacuated as chemical removal begins


by Bryan Baker

Posted on November 12, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 13 at 7:06 AM

WEST POINT, Ky. (WHAS11) – Thirty-one homes will be evacuated for a second time near the site of the train wreck site from the derailment two weeks ago.

Crews have asked people within a half mile to leave before 6 a.m. Tuesday. That includes families on Katherine Station and Abbots Beach Road. People will again be reimbursed and offered free hotel lodging.

Workers will offload toxic butadiene, hydrogen fluoride, and sodium hydroxide onto new tankers brought in, where they will continue to their intended destinations.

Dixie Highway will be shut down again as well from Kentucky State Highway 44 to the Salt River Bridge. Commuters affected by the road closure within a five-mile radius of the crash site will also be reimbursed.

The West Point Outreach Center, the site of one claim site, will be moved to a Louisville Outreach Center at VFW Post 1181 on Blevins Gap Road.

The investigation into the crash continues.

According to a news release those affected by the road closure are being compensated as follows: 

-Those living outside a five-mile radius of the derailment site who must commute around the road closure for work will receive a payment of $50 for this second road closure period

-Those living within a five-mile radius of the derailment site will be compensated according to their individual circumstances. Individuals who already have made a detour mileage claim for the first road closure will be contacted by Railway Claim Services officials.

-Those who have not made detour mileage claims to date may call 800-786-5204 for information about how to file a claim.