2nd Evacuation Order Given Near Derailed Train

Flames can be seen from the air after an explosion happened at the sight of a train derailment in southern Jefferson County, just south of Louisville, Ky, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/The Courier-Journal, Sam Upshaw)
By Associated Press | 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Authorities are ordering a second round of evacuations near the site of a train derailment in Louisville as work begins to remove hazardous chemicals from some of the cars.

Officials said Monday the latest evacuation will only affect a fraction of the area included in an evacuation almost two weeks ago, that sent hundreds from their homes after a chemical fire erupted at the site.

Jody Duncan, a spokeswoman for the Louisville-Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency, says the evacuation will affect 31 homes within a half-mile radius of the derailment.

The evacuation will coincide with work starting early Tuesday to remove hydrogen fluoride and butadiene from four rail tanker cars.

Duncan says officials from Paducah & Louisville Railway will visit each home to give the residents pre-paid hotel information.

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