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Residents kept out of homes after hazardous train derailment

A view of the train that derailed from Air 3. A view of the train that derailed from Air 3.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Several people were forced from their homes thanks to leaking chemicals from a train car that derailed. Others who weren't home when the train went off the tracks couldn't get back to their houses.

After a Monday morning trip to the doctor, Sherill Ferguson came home to firefighters, police and even the National Guard blocking off Dixie Highway only about an 8th of a mile from his house. "I had to get to this appointment and I came back and I can't get to my house. I can't get to my medications."

Immediately, firefighters told him they could go to Ferguson's home for him to gather whatever he needed. Grateful for their help, he was still frustrated that he couldn't get to his vital medications any quicker. "Totally teed off actually. I don't know what else to say about it."

Darrell Woosley could only use his cell phone to get in touch with his wife and two tenants who were stuck inside their homes on Dixie Beach Road where emergency crews did a voluntary evacuation.

Motorists also had a hard time Monday when they realized their route from Louisville to West Point or Fort Knox was impassable. "I was trying to get down to band practice," said Tim Bowman who was heading to West Point around 11 a.m. Monday. "But it looks like they are shutting it down."

Around 5:10 p.m. Monday it was announced only 12 homes on Abbotts Beach Road were under mandatory evacuation after the train derailment. Other residents are allowed to shelter in place.

Bowman and anyone else between Louisville and Radcliff who used Dixie Highway had to detour about an hour out of the way, if they could even get to their final destination at all.

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