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Train derailment, Level 3 HazMat Alert force evacuations
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A train derailment in far southwestern Jefferson County has led to a chemical release, a hazmat declaration, closed a major roadway, and an evacuation of a one-mile radius of the derailment site.
Pleasure Ridge Park firefighters declared the derailment a Level 3 HazMat situation. It is the highest alert level for a hazardous materials incident.
The following message is transmitted at the request of the Louisville Metrosafe.
Louisville Metrosafe continues to ask that people living within a two and a half mile radius of Dixie Highway and Katherine Station Road shelter in place until the all clear is given. A train carrying hazardous chemicals derailed near that location earlier this morning. To Shelter In Place, close all doors and windows and turn off any system that pulls in outside air. Stay tuned for updates.
... butadiene, a flammable, colorless gas with a mild aromatic odor. Evacuations ordered after train derailment Butadiene is a highly explosive material that cannot be contained with water. Crews used a blanket of foam on the spill in an effort to keep the fumes down. Other chemicals aboard the train include hydrochloride, sodium hydroxide, calcium carbide, and methyl isobutyl ketone. None of them was believed to be leaking.
The State Mission Statement of the Army National Guard:
“Provide trained and disciplined forces for domestic emergencies or as otherwise required by state law.”