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Governor declares emergency over train derailment

3 years 9 months 3 weeks ago August 05, 2013 Aug 5, 2013 Monday, August 05 2013 August 05, 2013 11:01 AM in News
Source: Office of the Governor

BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal has declared a State of Emergency due to the train derailment and resulting hazardous material leak in St. Landry Parish.

About 100 homes have been evacuated as officials work to clean up the site.

The 26-car train derailment took place near the small community of Lawtell, about 60 miles west of Baton Rouge.

State police say crews are working to clear U.S. 190 which is blocked by the accident.

The Union Pacific train went off the tracks Sunday afternoon.

A company spokeswoman says one of the railcars was leaking sodium hydroxide, which can cause injuries or even death if it's inhaled or touches the skin.

The other was leaking lube oil.

But state police say the leaks were contained.

There were two people on the train, an engineer and a conductor; they were not hurt.

One person went to the hospital complaining of eye irritation.


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