For the second time in as many days, a CSX Corporation freight train has derailed in the State of Kentucky. This makes the fourth major derailment for
CSX in the past three months. The last derailment prior to these last two occured in the state of Ohio. This derailment marks the third major line
closure in four months for CSX. Just yesterday, the mainline from Cincinatti southward was shut down due to another train derailment.
BROOKS, Kentucky (CNN) -- A train derailed Tuesday morning just south of Louisville, Kentucky, sparking a huge fire and shutting down part of nearby
Interstate 65 in both directions, the Bullitt County Sheriff's Office said.
The blaze lit the dark morning sky, sending black smoke billowing into the air, while orange flames lined the railroad tracks for hundreds of yards
alongside the derailment.
The train was operated by CSX, according to Kentucky State Police.
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The derailment this morning comes on the heels of another derailment in the state of Kentucky. Yesterday's derailment occured in Irvine, Kentucky,
thirty miles south of Lexington. Both derailments involved the release and ignition of hazardous materials from tanker cars that were involved in the
crash. Both derailments have shut down two major north-south corridors for CSX from Cincinatti, Ohio. The chemical that has been burning is
Cyclohexane. Cyclohexane is an irritant that can be very dangerous if it is set on fire. The said chemical is what is burning in one of the tank cars.
Also, Cyclohexane is a chemical compound that is used in the making of caprolactam, a chemical used in the manufacture of nylon.
The location of this mornings derailment is just south of the Jefferson and Bullitt County line, between Shepardsville and Brooks, Kentucky, at the
intersection of Kentucky State Route 1020 and Huber Station Road. Interstate 65 is shut down in both the north and southbound direction due to a lack
of visibility from the smoke. A school nearest to the crash site has been evacuated. Kentucky Route 1020 is shut down in both directions for
approximately one mile.
The line affected by this mess is the former Louisville & Nashville mainline from Cincinatti to Nashville. Since both of the Louisville & Nashville
mainlines are both out of service, that can only mean one thing for me. That is I am going to be seeing alot more rail traffic than what I normally
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