HARDIN COUNTY, KY (WAVE) – A CSX train heading from the Louisville area towards Elizabethtown derailed Saturday morning south of Lebanon Junction, closing a rural highway in Hardin County.
It happened around 7 a.m. when 22 cars went off the rails, shutting down Highway 434.
The train had a total of 161 cars, 112 of which were empty, was on its way from Birmingham, Ala. to Toledo, Ohio when it derailed. Some plastic pellets spilled on the ground, but no hazardous materials leaked from any of the cars, a few of which had previously been transporting corrosive material used in industrial processes, according to a CSX spokesperson.
"One of them did leak contents, however it was a minimal amount that stayed on the property of CSX on their railbed itself. It did not require immediate action by responders on scene," said Sgt. Everett Roberts of the Central Hardin Fire Department.
CSX crews are working with local contractors to clean up the pellets and moved the damaged rail cars to a nearby staging area. Highway 434 will remain closed until that work is completed.
There were no injuries.