Hydrochloric acid leak, train derailment prompt evacuations in St. James Parish
ST. JAMES PARISH, La. (WAFB) - As of Thursday morning, responders are still working to clear the site where 20,000 gallons of hydrochloric acid began leaking in Paulina where a train was derailed.
Area residents have been evacuated and there is no current timeline set as of 7:38 a.m. for when the site will be clear again.
According to St. James Parish officials, hotel stays for evacuees have been extended for an extra night.
See video below for latest updates.
Evacuations have been ordered for people who live in the community of Paulina, La. in St. James Parish after a train car derailment on LA 642 Wednesday (Nov. 2) afternoon.
Officials report the rail car carrying 20,000 gallons of hydrochloric acid began leaking because of the derailment.
The St. James Parish Sheriff’s Office says as of 5:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, several roads remain closed:
- LA 44 is closed from Antioch Street to Rev. Dr. Samuel Jones
- LA 642 from LA 44 to Sugarhouse St is fully Closed.
- LA 44 west of LA 3193 is open to residents only.
Authorities added the evacuation zone is still in effect. Drivers are asked to plan trips accordingly and use alternate routes.
People who live along Hwy. 44 between the ADM grain elevator and Carlos Bar, as well as those north of the railroad tracks on Hwy. 642 to Snyder Road, were asked to evacuate to the Lutcher Senior Center in Convent. People who cannot evacuate can call (225) 562-2200 for arrangements to be made.
More evacuations might be necessary said Sheriff Willy Martin.
Click here to report a typo.
Copyright 2022 WAFB. All rights reserved.