(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.