Governor Jindal declares State of Emergency due to chemical hazard caused by train derailment

Photo provided by the Louisiana State Police.
Monday, August 5, 2013 - 4:45pm

Governor Bobby Jindal declared a State of Emergency due to a train derailment and leak of hazardous materials in St. Landry Parish.

The crash happened on Sunday, August 4 at roughly 3:30 p.m. A Union Pacific train derailed at milepost 586.25 near the Beaumont Subdivision in between Lawtell and Opelousas.

Officials say 23 out of 76 railcars derailed. Some of those contained hazardous materials that required the evacuation of nearby residents.

The State of Emergency declaration in St. Landry Parish allows for the “full police power of the state” to the area to “address the loss and devastation to the state and individuals arising from the release of hazardous materials.” The order will remain in effect until Monday, September 2.

The Louisiana State Police has been assisting in the operation.

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