BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A train derailment in Baton Rouge caused traffic delays for drivers trying to get around the city, but officials said there were no chemical spills associated with it.
The train derailed on South Choctaw Drive at West Dual Street around 9:30 a.m. The cause of the derailment is not known and is being investigated. The Baton Rouge Fire Department said it has been determined none of the cars involved in the derailment are leaking.
The Baton Rouge Police Department said Choctaw is shut down between North Sherwood Forest Drive and Monterrey Boulevard and is expected to be closed until late Friday night. Area roadways began reopening around 11:45 a.m. Police added there were no reports of injuries.
Officials reported seven cars derailed from an eastbound Canadian National Railroad train. Patrick Waldron, a spokesman for CN, said four of the derailed cars were carrying silica pellets, two were carrying lubricant oil and the last had diflouromethane residue in it. Diflouromethane is hazardous, but is not causing a problem because the car had been emptied before the derailment.
BRFD reported earlier that businesses in the area were being evacuated as a precaution, but that process was called off after the cars were inspected and there were no spills. Officials said the derailment caused parts of the track to be ripped out of the ground, which is why the tracks are shut down until repairs are finished.
Waldron said the train consisted of 105 cars and two locomotives. He reported it was heading from the CN lot in Baton Rouge to Jackson, Mississippi. The lot is only about six or seven miles from where the train derailed.