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Train Derailment: Dixie Highway to Reopen Soon

Update: 4:18 p.m. The Paducah & Louisville Railway has opened a new "outreach center" at West Point City Hall at 509 Elm Street for all claims other than excess mileage incurred because Dixie Highway has been closed, a spokeswoman for the company said.The existing "outreach center" at the VFW Post 1181, at 6518 Blevins Gap Road, will only handle mileage claims, the company spokeswoman said.(Read more about the outreach center.)P&L also set up a toll-free number for people to call with questions, at (800) 786-5204. Residents with questions besides P&L's outreach efforts can still call the emergency hotline at (800) 928-2380. Update 11:33 a.m.: Tuesday morning is the target time for reopening Dixie Highway in southwestern Jefferson County after a train derailment last week, authorities said. Dixie may reopen as early as 6 p.m. Monday, but a more likely time is 6 a.m. Tuesday, said Lt. Col. Yvette Gentry, deputy chief of Louisville Metro Police. Police may decrease the speed limit near the accident site -- near Katherine Station Road -- to 20 miles per hour, Gentry said. Meanwhile, the Federal Railroad Administration is sending more personnel to Louisville for the on-going investigation into the crash, said Doug Hamilton, executive director of MetroSafe. There are no finalized plans to move the wrecked cars from the site, Hamilton said.  On Sunday, crews stabilized two cars carrying the dangerous chemical hydrogen fluoride. An evacuation of a 1.2-mile radius of the crash site near Dixie Highway and Katherine Station Road was lifted, as was a shelter-in-place warning implemented Sunday while crews worked with the two hydrogen fluoride cars. Residents living near the wreck site returned home, and the head of Paducah & Louisville Railway  told The Associated Press that the company had paid at least $325,000 so far to people who'd been affected by the train derailment on Monday.

Joseph Lord is the online managing editor for WFPL.

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