October 29th, 2012
07:17 AM ET

Freight train derails in Kentucky, sparking concerns about hazardous materials

A freight train carrying chemicals has derailed in West Point, Kentucky, prompting a level 3 hazmat declaration - the highest status possible, a Louisville emergency management spokeswoman tells CNN.

Emergency crews have shut down Dixie Highway in Hardin and Jefferson counties, according to Louisville Metrosafe spokeswoman Jody Duncan.

There are no immediate reports of deaths or injuries. The type of chemicals the train was carrying was not immediately known.

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  1. Mel

    Thanks for all the lovely comments, very entertaining!

    October 29, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. larry

    A lvl 3 declaration and no one knows what is in them; now that is rich.

    October 30, 2012 at 12:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Phil

    Maybe it will create zombie ghosts? It derailed right by Waverly Hills Sanatorium (google it if ya dont know what it is)

    October 30, 2012 at 1:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Lindsay

    I thought every train's conductor is supposed to carry the train's bill of lading, or to know what materials the train is hauling. Yes, Larry, it is VERY rich!

    October 30, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Fossil

    Thanks guys and gals for your not helpful info, try hydrogenFlouride an Butidine which is Flamable. Flouride is toxic to your lungs and one worker has 90 percent of his body burned working to clear the wreckage and this is 5 miles from me!

    October 31, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. rr man

    i worked for the r r for 35 years yes the enginer and conducter both carry bills of ladimg and know exactly whats in each tanker but the r r tells employes not to talk to anyone.

    October 31, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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