Officials say broken rail caused West Point train derailment

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by Amy Stallings/Maggie Ruper

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 14, 2013 at 12:02 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 14 at 12:21 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- We now know what caused a large train derailment near West Point, Ky. last October.

Authorities from Paducah and Louisville Railway released a statement Thursday:

“Paducah & Louisville Railway has determined that a broken rail caused the October 29, 2012 derailment of its train near West Point, Ky. That finding has been filed with the Federal Railroad Administration as part of its investigation. This finding, and the FRA’s investigation, will be used to further the P&L’s strong and unwavering commitment to safety. P&L will withhold further comment pending release of the FRA's accident investigation report,” Bonnie Hackbarth, spokesperson for Paducah and Louisville Railway said.

Thirteen cars derailed that day - many of them carrying hazardous chemicals that led to evacuations of residents in the surrounding area. The derailment also caused quite the traffic problem for commuters as Dixie Highway was shutdown in the area for nearly a month while crews worked to remove the cars.

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