P&L Railway derailment

P&L Railway derailment

P&L Railway derailment

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WHAS11.com

Posted on October 30, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 30 at 2:28 PM

(NEWS RELEASE) -- This is to update the status of the train derailment of Paducah & Louisville Railway, Inc. (“P&L”) that occurred on Monday morning in southwestern Jefferson County near West Point, KY.

P&L is available to assist any residents that were displaced from their homes due to the derailment.  Any local residents that need information or assistance of any nature should contact P&L at 270.444.4432.

The derailed train consisted of 57 rail cars, but only 13 actually derailed.  The train originated in Paducah, KY and the destination was P&L’s rail yard in Louisville, KY.

David Hutcheson is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager with 5H Technologies, Inc. who is working at the scene of the incident.  Mr. Hutcheson confirmed that the train derailment resulted in a chemical release.  “The release does not represent an acute health hazard; however, flammability was a much greater concern to emergency responders.  The flammability hazard was successfully mitigated on Monday.  Real time air monitoring results have all been negative for volatile compounds in areas off-site from the immediate derailment site.  Both on-site and off-site air monitoring will continue through the duration of the clean-up process.”

The derailment site was released to the railroad for cleanup Monday night.  Prior to re-re-railing and removal of the rail cars, some of the product has been off-loaded into trucks.  This process has taken place throughout the night on Monday into Tuesday morning.  It is likely that additional rail cars may be off-loaded before cleanup of the site begins.

P&L President, Tom Garrett, stated that “P&L deeply appreciates the hard work and professionalism of all emergency responders, including fire and police that responded to this incident.”

P&L is continuing to work with health and environmental agencies to assure that the release of any substance is thoroughly cleaned up.  P&L is also continuing to work with Federal Railroad Administration representatives to investigate and determine the cause of the derailment.

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