On August 10, 2016 the residents of Falmouth, KY had a frightening day when hazmat crews came to town and rumors spread of sulfuric acid leaks. Some of the cars came within 25 feet of residential homes. It turned out the four train cars containing sulfuric acid derailed, but didn’t spill the chemical. Instead, the train derailment only damaged train cars carrying fertilizer, animal fat and biodiesel, which were not deemed a danger by authorities. CSX officials said they don’t know why the 125-car train derailed in Falmouth. An internal investigation to figure out the cause could take months, said Bryan Glover, manager of community affairs and safety for CSX.
Since 2010, there have been 180 train accidents in Kentucky statewide, about half of which were derailments.
Those with questions may call the CSX Falmouth derailment hotline at 1-800-331-4031.