Irvine, Estill County, KY (WVLT) - Two trains wrecked near Irvine Monday morning causing a derailment, fire, and a Hazmat situation.
There are no reports of injuries at this time. However, a plume of noxious gas is in the area. Everyone else is asked to stay indoors, turn off ventilation systems, and seal doors and windows by Kentucky Emergency Management.
Buddy Rogers with Kentucky Emergency Management confirms one rail car is on fire. They say the car contains the chemical Butyl acetate. Butyl acetate is commonly used as a solvent or as a synthetic fruit flavoring.
It all started when four cars got loose from the CSX Corporation train yard in Winchester and rolled several miles towards Irvine where two CSX locomotives were parked to intercept the runaway cars. The two collided, derailed and caught on fire.
The fire is now out in the tanker and small diesel fires near the scene are being allowed to burn out.
CSX staged the locomotive to intercept the cars which was successful to avoid a serious explosion in the middle of Irvine.
Rogers says Kentucky EPPC believes there was no water contamination, but that does not mean officals down stream in Richmond are taking the matter lightly.
The Richmond Water Company is performing tests on the water supply.