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Evacuations ordered after train derailment; shelter opened

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Residents from 34 homes have been evacuated because of a chemical release after a train derailment in southwestern Louisville Metro.

The 14 of the homes involved are along Abbotts Beach Road, located west of Dixie Highway. The other 20 are located on Katherine Station Road. All of the homes being evacuated are close to the derailment area.

Emergency officials said the mandatory evacuations are now completed, but there are voluntary evacuations of other residents taking place. One of those areas whose residents are evacuating voluntarily is Dixie Beach.

The only schools closed Monday because of the derailment were the West Point Community Schools. Hardin County Schools were scheduled to be closed for a professional development day.

Meade County Schools have offered the closed Muldraugh Elementary school building as a shelter for evacuated residents. The American Red Cross has set up cots in the school gym for those needing a place to spend the night.

We will continue to follow developments in this breaking story on air, online at wave3.com and on mobile with the free WAVE 3 mobile app.

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