|Rail cars that caught fire after a freight train crash near Louisville, Kentucky, were being allowed to burn throughout the night to destroy hazardous materials inside them, authorities announced Tuesday evening. |
The fiery derailment prompted authorities to evacuate everyone within a mile of the wreck as a pall of thick, black smoke began to spread across the town of Brooks, about 20 miles south of downtown Louisville.
The crash occurred shortly before 9 a.m. The 80-car CSX train was bound for Louisville from Birmingham, Alabama, with 12 cars carrying hazardous materials, Cease said. The crash set ablaze three cars loaded with cyclohexane, a solvent used to produce paint, nylon and resins, said Jason Keller, a spokesman for the Kentucky Department of Emergency Management. Cyclohexane can affect the central nervous system if inhaled or ingested.