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Dixie Highway to be closed longer than anticipated after train derailment

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Scene of the train derailment. Scene of the train derailment.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Thursday is the earliest a stretch of Dixie Highway will reopen after Monday morning's train derailment, officials say.

At a media briefing Tuesday afternoon, Doug Hamilton said it is taking longer than anticipated to clear the train cars and the chemicals in them.

Officials said 57 train cars were in Monday morning's run. Of that number, 13 derailed and two leaked chemicals. Eight of the 13 contained hazardous chemicals.

Here is a breakdown of the eight cars and chemicals:

  • 2 Sodium Hydroxide
  • 3 Butadiene
  • 1 Styrene
  • 2 Hydrogen Fluoride

Of the two cars that leaked contained, one contained Butadiene and the other contains Styrene.

The Butadiene car is empty; all 30,000 gallons leaked out in the area, mostly as a vapor, officials say.  The wind from Hurricane Sandy helped with that, Hamilton said.

The terrain of the area where the derailment took place is also further delaying crews from removing the chemicals.

Officials said they do not anticipate any more updates until Wednesday morning.

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