train derailment http://wrkf.org en UPDATE: Clean-up of Train Derailment Underway http://wrkf.org/post/update-clean-train-derailment-underway <p>About 100 homes remain evacuated as officials work to clean up the site of a 26-car train derailment near the small community of Lawtell, about 60 miles west of Baton Rouge.</p><p>State police say crews are working Monday to clear U.S. 190 which is blocked by the accident. The Union Pacific train went off the tracks Sunday afternoon.</p><p>A company spokeswoman says one of the railcars was leaking sodium hydroxide, which can cause injuries or even death if it's inhaled or touches the skin. The other was leaking lube oil. But state police say the leaks were contained.</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 13:47:02 +0000 Associated Press 14300 at http://wrkf.org Train Derailment Prompts Precautionary Evacuation http://wrkf.org/post/train-derailment-prompts-precautionary-evacuation <p>The St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office says about 50 homes have been evacuated because of a railroad derailment.</p><p>The homes are within a mile of the spot where state police say at least 26 cars derailed about 3:30 p.m. Sunday, closing U.S. 190 east of Lawtell.</p><p>Master Trooper Daniel "Scott" Moreau says authorities have not reported any injuries, and the evacuation is a precaution.</p><p>He says some cars hold corrosive and flammable materials, including at least one flammable liquid.</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 01:57:42 +0000 Associated Press 14282 at http://wrkf.org