Fire Erupts at Site of Chemical Train Derailment

By Associated Press | 

Officials say three workers cleaning up at the site of Monday's train derailment in southwest Louisville have been injured after a fire erupted while contractors worked to remove debris.

Doug Hamilton, director of the Louisville Emergency Management Agency, told The Courier-Journal ( ) on Wednesday one of the workers was severely injured.

Hamilton says the three were transported to the hospital.

Workers on Wednesday had been planning to move two rail cars containing potentially deadly hydrogen fluoride that were part of a derailment Monday.

A Paducah & Louisville Railway train carrying hazardous chemicals derailed just after 6 a.m. EDT Monday near Dixie Highway. A leak of a potentially explosive material was contained after the derailment, but crews have been working to put the railroad cars back on the track or remove them and the highway remained closed.

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