Train derails in KY

A train carrying liquid propane derailed Tuesday in Kentucky, causing an explosion.

BY HEATHER MOYER | SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. | January 16, 2007


Members of a Wisconsin regional long term recovery committee meet in October.
Credit: Richard Bradley, FEMA

A train carrying liquid propane derailed Tuesday in Kentucky, causing an explosion.

Officials in Shepherdsville said all businesses, homes and schools within a mile of the derailment have been evacuated. The train derailed just before 9 a.m. Tuesday, and several of the cars carrying the liquid propane exploded. Television images show huge flames and plumes of black smoke at the site.

One officials said some chemicals had been released into the air, but did not say what they were. The train had 80 cars and only a few were carrying the propane.

Shepherdsville is 20 miles south of Louisville. This train derailment comes on the heels of one on Monday in Irvine, Ky. That derailment released hazardous chemicals and forced officials to tell residents to stay inside with ventilation systems turned off.


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