LAWTELL, La. — About 100 homes remained evacuated Monday as officials worked to clean up the site of a 26-car train derailment near the small community of Lawtell, about 60 miles west of Baton Rouge.
State police said crews were working to clear U.S. Highway 190 which was blocked by the accident. The Union Pacific train went off the tracks Sunday around 3:30 p.m.
“There were no thunderstorms in Lawtell, La. at the time of the derailment,” said weather.com senior meteorologist Jon Erdman, adding highs were in the mid-90s at the time of the wreck. “However, slow-moving thunderstorms did spread north of I-10 toward the area about one hour later.”
Company spokeswoman Raquel Espinoza said one of the railcars was leaking sodium hydroxide, which can cause injuries or even death if it is inhaled or touches the skin. The other was leaking lube oil. But state police said the leaks were contained.