Train Derailment Causes Evacuation and Road Closures in De Soto Parish

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KEACHI, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – A train derailment in Keachi prompted residents to evacuate their homes Friday evening after more than 10,000 gallons of acid product.

Just before 11 p.m., a train derailed at the Highway 5 level crossing in Keachi, according to the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

At 2 a.m., the Louisiana State Police Hazmat team declared a mandatory evacuation of homes within a mile and a half of the crossing.

Officials concluded a debriefing with the LSP Hazmat, Union Pacific and Hazardous Materials Contractions team at 6:30 a.m. Saturday. The preliminary inspection shows that 16 cars have derailed. Two of the 16 derailed tank wagons leaked acid-bound product.

Certain acids react with moisture or water, releasing vapors on the spot. Officials say aerial surveillance equipment is arriving on the scene to more accurately pinpoint affected areas. This helps to better define the continuous evacuation zones.

Officials say 10,000 liters of acetic anhydride and less than 1,000 liters of propionic acid spilled as a result of the derailment.

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