Railroad Says Broken Rail Caused Derailment

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Paducah & Louisville Railway says a derailment last fall that prompted the evacuation of a small town near Louisville was caused by a broken rail.

The Courier-Journal says P&L confirmed Thursday that it reported to the Federal Railroad Administration that a rail break caused the Oct. 29 derailment of 13 cars, some carrying thousands of gallons of dangerous chemicals.

The FRA hasn't officially determined the cause of the accident.

P&L spokeswoman Bonnie J. Hackbarth declined further comment pending the FRA's final report and wouldn't say what the company believes caused the broken rail.

Two days after the derailment at West Point, an explosion seriously injured three workers, and an ensuing fire burned for several days. Travel on Dixie Highway was shut down or restricted for nearly a month.

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