Mishap on the rails causes overnight evacuation
ADDIS - A handful of families were forced from their homes had to stay with friends, relatives, or a hotel provided by the railroad following an evacuation order issued Tuesday night when rail cars jumped the tracks and overturned.
The overnight evacuation was ordered at 7 p.m. for people living in the area around the Acadian Crossing and Sunset Place subdivisions. The order was for people living 1000 feet on either side of the track.
Six tanker cars went off the tracks at an interchange on Peter Messina Road in Addis around 1:30 Tuesday afternoon. Four of those cars fell onto their sides. Three of those four contain hazardous material but a State Police spokesperson said none of the cars leaked. The Department of Environmental Quality is monitoring the air.
"It's not too bad," Peter Troulliet said about the commotion near his house. He was not one of the families who had to leave.
"If there was an issue, I would be the first one to get my wife out of here, but I really don't think there is," Paul Kearney said.
Authorities said people affected were notified through the parish emergency phone system. Addis Police, Addis Fire and State Police went door-to-door to assist with the evacuation.
A shelter was opened at the VFW Hall in Addis.
The evacuation order was lifted early Wednesday morning around 1 a.m.