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Cleanup efforts underway in Rockcastle County, residents able to return home after train derailment

Rockcastle County
Rockcastle County

Cleanup efforts are underway in Rockcastle County as crews work to remove the 16 railcars from the site of Wednesday’s derailment. The incident resulted in a state of emergency being declared by the Governor and residents of the town of Livingston were advised to evacuate.

Two of the 16 cars that derailed carried molten sulfur, which caught fire after the cars were breached. It’s believed that the fire released the potentially harmful gas sulfur dioxide. In a statement, CSX officials say that the chemical fire has been extinguished.

Late on Thursday, authorities reviewed air monitoring data and decided it was safe to let people return to their homes.


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