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article imageChemical spill after train derails in Louisville, Kentucky

By Anne Sewell     Oct 29, 2012 in World
Louisville - A hazmat alert has been issued in southern Louisville, Kentucky after a train derailed in the area, resulting in a chemical spill and strong chemical odor.
Local media reported that the train derailed near the Ohio Valley Dragway on Dixie Highway. Firefighters were called to the scene and declared a Level 3 HazMat, the highest alert level for a hazardous material emergency.
Reports have emerged of a strong chemical odor in the air following the derailment, as multiple chemicals spilled from the train.
MetroSafe spokeswoman, Jody Duncan said that around 20 houses were being evacuated on Monday morning in southern Jefferson County, close to West Point. Duncan further said that others in the area were being told to stay indoors.
According to Duncan the train derailed at around 6.00 am EDT, spilling multiple chemicals, including hydrogen chloride and hydrochloric acid, which can cause coughing, choking, inflammation of the nose, throat, and upper respiratory tract.
Some concern has been raised that the chemicals might leak into the Salt River and barge traffic has been halted as a precaution.
Doug Hamilton, MetroSafe director said, "We don't know the extent of the derailment, how easy it may be for us to be able to clean it up and obviously the first thing we want to make sure is that we don't have any active leaks of any chemicals."
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