Latest Info on Train Derailment in DeSoto Parish
A train derailment and chemical spill in DeSoto Parish forced the evacuation of several homes in the Keatchie area over the weekend.
The Sheriff’s office reports nearly 10,000 gallons of Acetic Anhydride, and less than 1,000 gallons of Propionic Acid were involved in this incident.
Work crews have started the cleanup efforts. Many of the residents displaced by this spill are being sheltered at the Hampton Inn for lodging in the interim. Those who live just outside the zone impacted, the sheriff’s office says there is no immediate concern for you to relocate at this time.
Motorists are urged to avoid the area if you can.
Dozens of workers from Union Pacific, EPA, Sheriff, Fire, EMS, and State Hazmat have been working around the clock to clean up the mess which would include the chemical spill and testing along with moving the train cars. All of the leaks from the rail cars have been stopped.
Air quality in the area is being monitored.
Highway 5 between Kickapoo and Keatchie will remain closed at this time. Anyone living outside of the Primary Concern area may return home at this time. Those returning home need to find alternative routes by 789, LA172, and LA5 on the South end. Smyrna Road will be closed between 3015 and Hwy 5, with exception for residential traffic, which will be allowed through.
Residents have noticed a “pungent odor”, but experts say this is not a concern and the air quality is being tested.
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