Crews finish removing train cars from track after derailment

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Crews from the R.J. Corman Company worked through the night to remove all of the train cars left on the track after a derailment on Highway 1020 in Bullitt County Thursday afternoon.

Some of the cars have been moved to a fenced lot on the west side of the tracks, and the remainder were being moved to east side of the tracks.

Mike Riordan with Bullitt County Emergency Management says the damaged section of railroad track is currently being repaired, and completely rebuilt where necessary.

CSX officials have estimated that the repairs will be complete sometime this afternoon - with a goal of having the tracks and highway reopened by 3:30 p.m., about 24 hours after the train derailed.

Zoneton fire crews and Bullitt County EMA officials remained on the scene Friday, monitoring the process, and will make a determination later today as to when Highway 1020 will reopen.

Meanwhile, the Bullitt County Sheriff's Office is looking for a dark green tractor-trailer they believe damaged the tracks.

"Apparently he was trying to turn around and backed into the rail," said Chief Deputy John Cottrell with the Bullitt County Sheriff's Office.

Officials believe the semi offset the rail. The sheriff's office has issued an attempt to locate for the rig after seeing video of the truck leaving moments before the derailment.

"We are just hoping that he does the right thing turns himself in or at least contacts us before we actually have to launch a full investigation and hunt him down," said Cottrell.

The sheriff's office believes the person driving the truck knows they hit the rail.

If the person comes forward quickly, the sheriff's office said it could just be a matter of dealing with insurance.

According to Chief Rob Orkies of the Zoneton Fire Department, 15 car carriers left the tracks when the train derailed.

There was no fire, injuries or evacuations due to the derailment.

A spokesperson for CSX says the train taking 48 freight cars from Louisville to Tampa, FL.

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