Governor headed to train derailment site, dozens evacuated near Opelousas
LAWTELL, La. - The St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office says about 50 homes have been evacuated because of a railroad derailment. Governor Jindal is headed to the scene where the evacuees are located.
The homes are within a mile of the spot where state police say at least 26 cars derailed about 3:30 p.m. Sunday, closing U.S. 190 east of Lawtell.
Master Trooper Daniel "Scott" Moreau says authorities have not reported any injuries, and the evacuation is a precaution.
He says some cars hold corrosive and flammable materials, including at least one flammable liquid.
Eastbound traffic is being diverted to Louisiana Highway 103. Westbound traffic is detoured to Louisiana Highway 104 and then to Highway 3043.
Lawtell is about 63 miles west of Baton Rouge and about 25 miles north-northwest of Lafayette.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Confusing addresses have some Zachary residents asking for change
Barge removal started on False River
Flood victims could qualify for new bathroom, kitchen
New details on Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Baton Rouge Wednesday
Cop's alleged racist messages on gay chat app under investigation