LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Evacuations have been lifted and homeowners are being allowed back into the town of West Point, four days after a chemical fire started at the site of a train derailment.
The Louisville mayor's office said Sunday that two rail tank cars containing hydrogen fluoride were moved and stabilized and all restrictions have been lifted. That includes a 1.2-mile evacuation zone and a shelter-in-place order for anyone within 5 miles of the site.
The fire burned out on its own Sunday morning as crews moved the two cars.
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Hundreds of residents were given little notice to evacuate on Wednesday after a worker's torch ignited fumes at the site. The train derailed Monday.
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Carol AnnTuesday, March 11, 2014 2:13:05 PMCHLORINE GAS TRANSPORTATION SAFETY
First Responders ask federal administrations to consider adding secondary containment to rail tank cars used to transport chlorine gas, providing lifesaving safety to First Responders and the public they serve. See First Responders Comments at PETITION C KIT.