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Train Disaster In Kentucky Shows Bad CSX Safety

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There was a huge fireball as a CSX freight train crashed south of Louisville, Kentucky today.

CSX, as one of the two East coast railroad companies, puts many communities at risk. This freight train derailed with tank cars containing hazardous material forcing the evacuation of residents in Bullitt County. Our firm has represented victims of railroad train wrecks for years. We are currently representing families injured in the Graniteville, SC train wreck, where Norfolk Southern dumped chlorine into a small town. We also are representing railroad workers hurt when two CSX trains ran head on into each other near Franklin, VA. Freight trains are huge objects. Each car weighs over 400,000 lbs. When trains derail or crash, the impact is incredible. Tragically, we have seen more than a few clients who got killed or brain injured by crossing accidents or in situations where trains derail.

The scare of train crashes is even worse when they are carrying tanks loaded with hazardous materials. The chemical fire during the Kentucky train derailment was so bad that air traffic had to be diverted around the area. My heart goes out to the residents in the zone of danger and to the crew members who were exposed to this horrific train wreck.