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State of emergency declared in eastern Kentucky after train derailment

This photo shoes a CSX train.
CSX officials confirm at least 15 cars derailed near Livingston, Kentucky on Wednesday afternoon.

Gov. Andy Beshear has declared a state of emergency in Rockcastle County after a train derailment Wednesday afternoon. The state’s Emergency Operations Center has been activated to Level 4.

A CSX train derailed in Rockcastle County Wednesday afternoon a little after 2 p.m., leading to a half-mile evacuation involving about 12 homes. In a statement, company officials said at least 15 cars derailed and one member of the two-person crew was treated for minor injuries.

The statement referred to two of the cars that left the tracks as “sulphur cars” and said they were breached. CSX is working with Rockcastle County first responders and teams are being deployed to assist affect residents, according to the statement.

He announced the state of emergency in a post on X (formerly known as Twitter), warning people to stay away from the area.

The state of emergency allows the state to activate resources, including Kentucky Emergency Management and the Kentucky National Guard.

“By issuing a state of emergency, we are ensuring that every state resource is available to help keep our families safe,” Beshear said. “Please stay clear of this area as state, local and CSX officials respond.”

Beshear said in the statement that emergency personnel are at the scene and that cleanup efforts are ongoing.

This story may be updated.

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