A hazardous materials alert has been issued in southern Louisville after a train derailed in the area and emitted a strong chemical odor.
MetroSafe spokeswoman Jody Duncan says about 20 houses were being evacuated Monday morning in southern Jefferson County near the town of West Point because multiple chemicals spilled from the train.
Duncan says others in the area were being told to shelter in place.
Duncan says the train derailed at about 6 a.m. EDT near the Ohio Valley Dragway on Dixie Highway and spilled multiple chemicals, including hydrogen chloride and hydrochloric acid, which can cause coughing, choking, inflammation of the nose, throat, and upper respiratory tract.
A Level 3 HazMat alert, the highest possible, has been issued for the area.