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Oct 31, 2012 2:16 PM

Fire Erupts At Site Of Chemical Train Derailment

LOUISVILLE (AP) - Officials say five workers cleaning up at the site of Monday's train derailment in southwest Louisville have been injured after a fire erupted while contractors worked to remove debris.

Doug Hamilton, director of the Louisville Emergency Management Agency, told The Courier-Journal on Wednesday three of the workers were severely injured.

Hamilton says the five were transported to the hospital.

Workers on Wednesday had been planning to move two rail cars containing potentially deadly hydrogen fluoride that were part of a derailment Monday.

A Paducah & Louisville Railway train carrying hazardous chemicals derailed just after 6 a.m. EDT Monday near Dixie Highway. A leak of a potentially explosive material was contained after the derailment, but crews have been working to put the railroad cars back on the track or remove them and the highway remained closed.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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