Kentucky: Railcars Carrying Hazmats Derail, Burn for 36 Hours

In one of the nationâ??s biggest railroad hazmat incidents, 25 cars of an 80-car freight train derailed and burned in the community of Brooks.


Twenty-five cars of an 80-car CSX freight train enroute from Birmingham, AL, to Louisville, KY, derailed in the community of Brooks, in Bullitt County, KY, on Jan. 16, 2007. This incident would become the largest railroad hazardous materials incident on a CSX line in Kentucky and, at the time, the...


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A formal after-action review was held on Feb. 7 involving 78 personnel from the agencies that responded. It was felt that the early establishment of the incident command system was key to the successful initial response and allowed for easy transition into unified command. Life safety of civilians and firefighters was a primary concern during the incident. The response by CSX was cooperative and brought technical resources and expertise into the incident. One area that was found to need improvement was in media relations. The need for a dedicated public information officer to work with all agencies involved to gather and coordinate media releases was identified.