Damage to tracks at derailment site 'significant'
BATON ROUGE - Cleanup is expected to last the entire weekend following a train derailment on tracks that run along the side of S. Choctaw Drive.
Late Friday, crews began inspecting sections of track down from the center of the derailment. Experts replaced railroad ties as they moved closer to a more damaged area of track.
The nighttime work comes hours after police and firefighters rushed to the scene when rail cars toppled over.
"The train was separated and then it just started folding up," witness Jeff Dedon told WBRZ News 2. Dedon works near the derailment area at the intersection of S. Choctaw Dr. and N. Sherwood Forest Dr.
Choctaw will remain closed between Sherwood and Monterrey likely until Saturday morning. Work at the derailment location is expected to last until Sunday.
In all, seven cars jumped the rails Friday morning. A HAZMAT crew was called to the scene since the cars were carrying silica and lube oil. BRFD spokesperson Mark Miles said one of the cars contained residue amounts of a hazardous material called difluoromethane, but the car did not leak.
Police said there are no reported injuries.
Most side streets re-opened shortly after lunch Friday.