Report: Broken rail caused train derailment on Dixie Hwy in 2012

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by WHAS11

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Posted on March 12, 2014 at 11:44 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)—The Federal Railroad Administration has issued a report on the cause of a train derailment in southwest Jefferson County.

The administration concluded that a broken rail on an outside curve caused 13 cars to jump the tracks.

The incident happened back in Oct. 2012 along Dixie Highway.

The track is maintained by Paducah and Louisville Railway, which inspected the track two days before the derailment, and no problems were noted.

The train carried thousands of gallons of hazardous chemicals used to make plastic and rubber.

It forced the evacuation of 32 homes around the area and Dixie Highway was shut down in some fashion for nearly a month.

The report said fatigue was not a factor, nor were drugs and alcohol.
 

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