In Shepherdsville, Kentucky a fiery train crash has caused hundreds to evacuate their homes, schools and work as flames emanated from the accident scene. The train crash which occurred earlier this morning involved numerous train cars that were carrying toxic chemicals like cyclohexane. Authorities investigating the Kentucky train derailment said a number of people suffered injuries relating from the chemical fire caused thereby and were treated at local hospitals nearby.
According to wsbtv.com:
The blaze produced a massive column of black smoke in the mostly rural area. Television footage showed several blazing cars stacked across the rail lines and flaming liquid flowing down ditches from the mangled tanker cars.
At least eight tanker cars were burning, Bullitt County sheriff’s detective Scotty McGaha said.
Three cars involved in the fire were carrying chemicals including cyclohexane, Bullitt County Emergency Management spokesman Jeremey Urekew said. The chemicals are volatile, but don’t pose a serious health threat, Urekew said.
Bullitt County resident Daymon Strange said he was outside his home less than a half-mile from the crash site when he heard an explosion.
“I turned around and looked and there was fire at least 500 feet in the air,” he said in a telephone interview. “I’ve never seen such a fire. It was huge.”
Strange said he smelled the fumes even though they were blowing away from his home.
“You can taste it and feel it in your lungs when you go outside,” he said.
Accidents, like the one that occurred in Bullitt County, have the potential to affect hundreds if not thousands of lives at a moments notice. Anyone suspected to have been exposed to the toxic fumes and gases should seek medical attention immediately should they experience any ill side effects or problems. As more information is uncovered and made available on this unfortunate train crash and resulting chemical fire, future posts will be made to help warn the public about its potentially devastating effects.
A partner with Childers, Schlueter & Smith, LLC,, Brandon Smith has devoted his practice to pharmaceutical litigation, mass torts, products liability and serious personal injury. A frequent guest speaker at legal seminars all over the country—Brandon is focused on helping injured victims nationwide, however possible. Named a SuperLawyer in 2017, he has also been called out as one of 10 Best Attorneys For Georgia by the American Institute Of Personal Injury Attorneys.