WKU Public Radio News Staff
Mon November 5, 2012
Dixie Highway Set to Reopen Following Derailment, Chemical Spill
The Courier-Journal and AP are reporting that Dixie Highway, which has been closed for a week in southwest Louisville because of a disastrous train derailment and chemical fire, will reopen by 6 a.m Tuesday, officials said at a Monday morning press conference.
Dixie could reopen by 6 p.m. Monday but more likely it won’t be until 6 a.m. Tuesday, officials said.
Cleanup work continues at the site, with chemicals still needing to be offloaded from six derailed rail cars, officials said.
Paducah & Louisville Railway says it will continue to provide financial compensation to people who suffered losses from the derailment for several more days at a claims center set up at a VFW at 6518 Blevins Gap Road. Paducah & Louisville Railway CEO Tony Wreck told The Associated Press the company has paid out at least $325,000 in reimbursements so far to help pay the expenses of people evacuated from their homes after the Oct. 29 crash.