Town Evacuated After Train Derailment

Police evacuate area after train derails

(ASHLAND, Ky., July 31st, 2004, 8:15 a.m.) -- The Kentucky State Police asked residents in a small south Portsmouth area town to evacuate early this morning after a train left the tracks and hit propane tanks.

State police say residents of Beattyville, Kentucky were notified of the derailment and the possibility that the 500-gallon propane tanks may be leaking. Police say residents were permitted to stay in their homes if they chose and that many did.

Authorities say 21 cars of a C-S-X train left the tracks just before 1:30 a-m. State police say no one was hurt in the derailment.

It was unclear how many tanks the train damaged and whether they were leaking.

The state police have also closed U-S 23 in the south Portsmouth area and the Carl Perkins bridge indefinitely. They say the derailment is under investigation.

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