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Train derailment and fire 20 miles south of Louisville
MSNBC

Posted on 01/16/2007 6:13:52 AM PST by leadpenny

Huge fire in Shepherdsville (Bullitt County)


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Kentucky
KEYWORDS: csx; derailment; fire; kentucky; ky; louisville; tanker; train

1 posted on 01/16/2007 6:13:53 AM PST by leadpenny
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To: leadpenny

Oh crud, that's only about a half hour from where I grew up. Keep us up to date, please.


2 posted on 01/16/2007 6:16:16 AM PST by Severa (I can't take this stress anymore...quick, get me a marker to sniff....)
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To: Severa
East side of Fort Knox, paralleling I-65, right?
3 posted on 01/16/2007 6:18:01 AM PST by leadpenny
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To: SLB

FTK ping.


4 posted on 01/16/2007 6:18:50 AM PST by leadpenny
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To: Severa

Diverting southbound flights - - I assume out of SDF. They don't know what is burning.


5 posted on 01/16/2007 6:21:33 AM PST by leadpenny
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To: Severa

Thirty to 40 tanker cars involved.


6 posted on 01/16/2007 6:25:00 AM PST by leadpenny
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To: leadpenny

Thanks. If anything comes out here at Ft Knox I will pass on to FR.


7 posted on 01/16/2007 6:26:11 AM PST by SLB (Wyoming's Alan Simpson on the Washington press - "all you get is controversy, crap and confusion")
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To: SLB

I'd imagine the winds are blowing the smoke to the east?

As I remember, Jim Beam and Burnheim Forest are close by?


8 posted on 01/16/2007 6:28:22 AM PST by leadpenny
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Video shows I-65 just to the east and traffic was still moving. Don't know about now. If they don't know what is burning I suspect they'll close the interstate.


9 posted on 01/16/2007 6:32:36 AM PST by leadpenny
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To: leadpenny

Yikes. 65's bad enough on a GOOD day. *LOL*


10 posted on 01/16/2007 6:33:39 AM PST by Severa (I can't take this stress anymore...quick, get me a marker to sniff....)
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To: leadpenny

11 posted on 01/16/2007 6:36:25 AM PST by maquiladora
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To: maquiladora

I'm sure that's double track through there. What a mess.


12 posted on 01/16/2007 6:38:58 AM PST by leadpenny
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To: leadpenny

Video link: http://www.wlky.com/video/10759767/detail.html


13 posted on 01/16/2007 6:39:31 AM PST by SLB (Wyoming's Alan Simpson on the Washington press - "all you get is controversy, crap and confusion")
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To: Severa

Shutting down I-65 in both directions.


14 posted on 01/16/2007 6:40:14 AM PST by SLB (Wyoming's Alan Simpson on the Washington press - "all you get is controversy, crap and confusion")
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To: SLB

MSNBC off to a fire in Colo Springs right now. Busy day.


15 posted on 01/16/2007 6:43:45 AM PST by leadpenny
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To: leadpenny

There are also four barges loose in the Ohio river at L'ville.


16 posted on 01/16/2007 6:48:43 AM PST by SLB (Wyoming's Alan Simpson on the Washington press - "all you get is controversy, crap and confusion")
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AP

17 minutes ago



SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. - Several train cars derailed and were on fire Tuesday south of Louisville, prompting authorities to take steps to shut down a busy interstate.

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"We had a train derailment with some type of an explosion," said Kentucky State Police dispatcher Joey Mattingly.

There were no immediate reports of injuries from the wreck that occurred about 8:50 a.m. EST, he said.

Television footage showed the wrecked train and flames that produced a huge column of black smoke. At least one fire pumper truck was working to extinguish the fire.

Authorities were preparing to shut down a portion of Interstate 65, Mattingly said.

He said he wasn't sure what was aboard the train.


17 posted on 01/16/2007 6:49:00 AM PST by leadpenny
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To: SLB

I know that's not funny but when I was stationed at Knox and lived in Valley Station, loose barges seemed to be an everyday thing.


18 posted on 01/16/2007 6:50:17 AM PST by leadpenny
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Local elementary school being evacuated.


19 posted on 01/16/2007 6:53:43 AM PST by leadpenny
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To: SLB

My wife was born at Ft. Knox.


20 posted on 01/16/2007 6:54:34 AM PST by jwparkerjr
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To: jwparkerjr; All

Hazardous Materials Warning issued for Bullitt Co. - MSNBC


21 posted on 01/16/2007 6:59:13 AM PST by leadpenny
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To: leadpenny
Bullitt County sheriff's department is evacuating some of the residents in subdivisions nearby. I-65 is shut down.
22 posted on 01/16/2007 7:00:11 AM PST by SLB (Wyoming's Alan Simpson on the Washington press - "all you get is controversy, crap and confusion")
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To: leadpenny
Where is this to Elizabethtown and Buffalo?
23 posted on 01/16/2007 7:00:12 AM PST by helen crump
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To: helen crump

E-Town is to the south. Don't know about Buffalo.


24 posted on 01/16/2007 7:01:26 AM PST by leadpenny
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To: SLB

Dixie Highway is going to go into overload if it already isn't.


25 posted on 01/16/2007 7:02:39 AM PST by leadpenny
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To: leadpenny

Buffalo is South of E'town.


26 posted on 01/16/2007 7:06:17 AM PST by SLB (Wyoming's Alan Simpson on the Washington press - "all you get is controversy, crap and confusion")
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To: leadpenny

Just got off the phone with my parents (They're in nearby Spencer County) They're watching the local ABC affiliate WHAS is telling everyone in the viewing area to bring pets in, everyone stay inside, and to turn off their heaters.


27 posted on 01/16/2007 7:17:01 AM PST by Severa (I can't take this stress anymore...quick, get me a marker to sniff....)
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Before anyone screams "Terrorism, Coverup, ROP, Nothing to see here move along" (surprised the thread made it this far without that spam), how about a little perspective. If it were terrorism, why would they do it in a rural/suburban area instead of inside a city where they could cause far more harm? The likely cause is a broken rail, in the last 24 hours there was a big temperature drop there and the steel rails expand and contract based on the temperature changes. The track is designed to handle that, but occassionally there are breaks, especially after a big shift in temperatures. The railroad, CSX, also has one of the worst safety history of the major railroads and has been repeatedly cited for poor track maintenance. Plus there are other potential causes (axle failure, bearings burn off, sloppy train handling, etc.)

What is scary is seeing that fireman on the ladder spraying water on the fire. There is a somewhat famous film of another derailment 30 years ago in Houston where a firefighter was also up on a ladder spraying down a big fire, where a big after explosion literally blew him off the ladder.


28 posted on 01/16/2007 7:17:53 AM PST by Diddle E. Squat (An easy 10-team playoff based on the BCS bowls can be implemented by next year. See my homepage.)
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To: Severa; All

AP update:

22 minutes ago



SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. - Several train cars derailed and were on fire Tuesday south of Louisville, prompting authorities to shut down a busy interstate.

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"We had a train derailment with some type of an explosion," said Kentucky State Police dispatcher Joey Mattingly. He said he didn't know what was aboard the train.

There were no immediate reports of injuries from the wreck that occurred about 8:50 a.m. EST, he said.

Flames from the derailed cars produced a huge column of smoke.

Bullitt County resident Daymon Strange, who lives less than a half-mile from the crash, said he was outside feeding some ducks when he heard a boom.

"I turned around and looked and there was fire at least 500 feet in the air," he said in a telephone interview. "I've never seen such a fire. It was huge."

Strange said he smelled the fumes even though they were blowing away from his home.

"You can taste it and feel it in your lungs when you go outside," he said.

Authorities had shut down an 18-mile stretch of Interstate 65, Mattingly said.

It was the second fiery train crash in Kentucky in the last two days. On Monday, four runaway rail cars struck two parked locomotives in central Kentucky, causing a fire and spilling a chemical that prompted a limited evacuation.


29 posted on 01/16/2007 7:21:41 AM PST by leadpenny
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To: Severa

I grew up in Bardstown.


30 posted on 01/16/2007 7:44:30 AM PST by fox martyr son
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To: leadpenny
Where are all the anti-nuclear people who like to dress up like dead people and demonstrate against the use of atomic power to lessen our dependency on foreign oil? If they were really concerned about threats to public safety they would be out in force about trains and trucks being permitted to carry deadly cargoes right through heavily populated areas.
31 posted on 01/16/2007 7:47:18 AM PST by jwparkerjr
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To: All
Here's the latest from Louisville's ABC affiliate WHAS:

Bullitt train crash evacuates area schools

10:50 AM EST on Tuesday, January 16, 2007

The Bullitt County Sheriff’s department is responding to a fiery train crash that happened at approximately 8:45 am Tuesday. Nearly 20 cars were derailed in the crash.

All of Bullitt County is under a Hazardous Materials Warning reported by the Bullitt County Emergency Management Agency.

A Poison Control expert told WHAS11 News that he believes that the train was carrying butadiene. Butadiene is a chemical used in industrial manufacturing and is a respiratory irritant. If it is inhaled, it can cause problems for the elderly and those with asthma.

The Kentucky National Guard is sending the 41st civil support team to monitor air quality and determine if the air is toxic.

Metro Louisville is also sending crews to help combat the fire.

Emergency officials are telling residents in the Bullitt County area to close all windows, bring in pets and turn off heaters.

Brooks Elementary School is being evacuated and students are being transported to Hebron Middle School. Micah Christian School in Hillview, Ky. is closing three hours early as a precaution. Parents may pick up students at any time.

Jefferson County Public Schools are monitoring the situation and believe they are safe at this time. The afternoon preschool sessions at Bullitt Co. elementary schools are cancelled today. Morning session students will go home at the end of the school day.

Both north and southbound I-65 are shut down for approximately a half-mile in either direction between the Gene Snyder and exit 117 at Shepherdsville. Hwy. 1020 near Huber Station Rd. have also been shut down.

WHAS11 News will bring you more information as it becomes available.

32 posted on 01/16/2007 8:06:30 AM PST by Severa (I can't take this stress anymore...quick, get me a marker to sniff....)
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To: leadpenny

There's a live video/news report on

http://www.wave3.com/

They are planning on having a press conference at 11:45 ET, and at that time - may be able to say what chemicals were on the train.


33 posted on 01/16/2007 8:35:30 AM PST by sasha123
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cyclohexene, liquid propane appear to be 2 of the chemicals on the train, but they are still checking for other chemicals


34 posted on 01/16/2007 8:50:08 AM PST by sasha123
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To: All
FoxNews reporting NTSB on the way to the scene. Liquid propane is reported in at least 3 of the cars.

My note: if flights are still being diverted out of SDF (Standiford Field to locals, everyone else knows it as Louisville International Airport) this is gonna make a mess of UPS (they have a HUUUUUGE hub at SDF)

35 posted on 01/16/2007 9:13:35 AM PST by Severa (I can't take this stress anymore...quick, get me a marker to sniff....)
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To: leadpenny

Wind is blowing from the NW to the SE.


36 posted on 01/16/2007 10:27:26 AM PST by B4Ranch (Press "1" for English, or Press "2" and you will be disconnected until you learn to speak English.)
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To: Severa
UPS expects delays from train derailment
37 posted on 01/16/2007 10:42:57 AM PST by NautiNurse (Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.)
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To: NautiNurse

Figured that would be the case. Crud. I've got a UPS shipment due this week I'm gonna have to keep an eye on its estimated arrival.


38 posted on 01/16/2007 10:54:13 AM PST by Severa (I can't take this stress anymore...quick, get me a marker to sniff....)
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To: Severa; All

Still burning this morning.

http://www.breitbart.com/news/2007/01/17/D8MN0TGG0.html


39 posted on 01/17/2007 4:28:13 AM PST by leadpenny
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To: Diddle E. Squat
Not a Roader but family has close to 100 years collective experience either on the Road, building cars or front office.

Sitting around the cracker barrel, gather that RR's are notorious for dead-heading HAZMAT.

Take what can't be shipped otherwise and put it in an empty car.

And road beds are worse than "worser". Think potholes are bad? Go watch a train dip n' roll over a section of track.
Then go out and hand pull a spike.

As for terrorism, my preferred spot would be some "rural/suburban area".
"Easy in...Easy Out" Likely nothing more than a cop (no offense LEO)at the diner. And the random impact of TERROR..
Think about Lidice, Czechoslovakia.
40 posted on 01/18/2007 1:35:59 AM PST by Gunny P (Gunny P)
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