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Chemical leak contained

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A chemical leak kept fire and HAZMAT crews in South Louisville busy Thursday morning.

Okolona Fire Chief Rich Carlson said a worker walking through CSX Osborne Yard off Crittenden Drive noticed a smell around 3:30 a.m. and called 911.

Carlson said they found anhydrous ammonia leaking from a railroad tank car. The readings showed the ammonia only in the immediate area of the rail car. The leak was fixed within a few hours by putting a cap on a valve. Emergency officials released the tanker back to CSX just before 10 a.m.

Thanks to the 4th of July holiday, there were no evacuations. "There are some businesses on Strawberry Lane that we would have asked to close, but since it's a holiday and they're not working. That's a moot point," explained Carlson.

Carlson said the tanker came from Cincinnati carrying 50 tons of anhydrous ammonia. He did not know where it was headed or how long it was at the rail yard.

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