Train Derailment Leaves to Evacuations in SW Louisville

A CSX train in southwestern Louisville has derailed. A hazardous materials alert was issued in Monday morning after a strong chemical odor was detected. Residents within a one-mile radius of the derailment have been asked to evacuate their homes. A Level 3 HazMat alert has been issued.

MetroSafe spokeswoman Jody Duncan said the train derailed at about 6 a.m. EDT near the Ohio Valley Dragway on Dixie Highway and spilled multiple chemicals, including butadiene, hydrogen chloride, and hydrochloric acid, which can cause coughing, choking, inflammation of the nose, throat, and upper respiratory tract.

A Level 3 HazMat alert, the highest possible, has been issued for the area.