Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Pledges Full Response to Bullitt County Train Derailment

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, January 16, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher today announced full state support in response to a train derailment in Bullitt County. A CSX train, containing 80 cars, derailed around 9 a.m. today near the community of Brooks, Ky.

Although no injuries were reported as a result of the accident, at least 11 persons have been taken to Jewish Hospital South in Shepherdsville for treatment. The extent of their injuries or illnesses is not known.

Local fire departments, working with the State Fire Marshal, have decided to let the fire burn out.

Governor Fletcher, with other state officials, flew over the accident scene this morning.

“The state is utilizing all of the resources at our disposal to provide support in response to the derailment,” Governor Fletcher said. “Our priority continues to be the safety and security of the citizens in the area. We will aggressively monitor and evaluate the situation and do everything possible to ensure the fire is managed safely.”

Residents within one mile of the scene were ordered to evacuate, while other Bullitt County residents have been advised to shelter in place. This includes staying indoors, closing all doors and windows, shutting off heating units that draw outside air. Individuals affected by the evacuation may stay at a Red Cross shelter opened at the Okolona Christian Church at 10801 Faithful Way, on the corner of Mt. Washington Road and Preston Highway, in Louisville.

Interstate 65 was closed this morning and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will provide periodic updates regarding road closures and openings in the area.

For Bullitt County residents requiring additional information, please call the Zoneton Fire Dept. at (502) 957-2116.