Kentucky train derailment forces locals to evacuate

The incident would appear to bookend the year in terms of rail disasters.

Published: November 23, 2023 1:45pm

A CSX train on Wednesday derailed near Livingston, Ky., and forced locals to evacuate after two of the railcars carrying molten sulfur caught fire.

In total, 16 cars derailed in the episode, according to the Associated Press. The fire is believed to have released sulfur dioxide, which is harmful to the respiratory system. The down boasts a population of roughly 200 people and the rail company has promised to pay the costs of their evacuations, according to The Hill.

The fire was still burning as of Thursday morning.

"Yesterday I signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency, which activates resources as needed to help. I’ve also spoken with the Judge this morning and let him know we are here for support," Kentucky Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear posted Thursday morning. "Due to the train derailment, many families in Livingston in Rockcastle Co. will be displaced for Thanksgiving. Please think about them and pray for a resolution that gets them back in their homes. Thank you to all the first responders spending this day protecting our people."

The incident would appear to bookend the year in terms of rail disasters. In February of this year, a Norfolk Southern train derailment prompted the evacuation East Palestine, Ohio, after hazardous materials leaked from the cars.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on X, formerly Twitter.

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