Crews to Remove Hazardous Materials from West Point Next Week

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 say crews will start removing hazardous materials next week from a train that derailed on the outskirts of Louisville nearly two weeks ago.

A spokeswoman for the Louisville-Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency says the plan to transfer hydrogen fluoride and butadiene from stricken rail tank cars has been approved. The spokeswoman, Jody Duncan, says the work will begin Tuesday morning.

Duncan said Friday the work will result in the closure of a stretch of Dixie Highway. She says the plan currently doesn't call for any evacuations or shelter-in-place orders.

A chemical fire that spewed for days from a derailed tanker forced the evacuation of the town of West Point along with other nearby neighborhoods.

The Federal Railroad Administration is investigating what caused the train to derail.

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