WKU Public Radio News Staff
Sun November 4, 2012
Evacuation Order Lifted in Town Impacted by Train Derailment, Chemical Fire
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 in a release Sunday that two rail tank cars containing hydrogen fluoride were moved and stabilized and all restrictions have been lifted, including a 1.2-mile evacuation zone and a shelter-in-place restriction for anyone within five miles of the site.
However, the Dixie Highway remained closed.
The fire burned out on its own Sunday morning as crews moved the two cars, which posed the greatest risk.
Hundreds of residents were given little notice to evacuate on Wednesday after a worker's torch ignited fumes at the site of the train that derailed on Monday.