Original Post: An emergency alert message has gone out to over 25,000 Hardin County residents around 9PM on 07/20/21 informing them of a train derailment that has occurred in Hardin County a little while ago. I-65 is now shut down between mile markers 94 to 105. An update or story will be posted once more information is received from authorities.
UPDATE AS OF 9:15PM: A second alert message has gone out to the same 25,000 Hardin County residents that were contacted before that I-65 is in fact open now and was not needed to be shut down for the train derailment. More updates will be posted as information is received from authorities.
UPDATE AS OF 6:30AM:
Hardin County Officials have confirmed that there was a freight train derailment in Colesburg, just off the interstate. According to Hardin Co. EMA Chief Bryce Shumate, a total of seven train cars derailed into a creek. Five of the cars are empty and two contain non-hazardous cargo.
Initial reports that the CSX train might be carrying hazardous materials compelled first responders to a couple of precautionary actions. They evacuated residents immediately surrounding the train derailment and then shut down the northbound and southbound interstate closure from Exit 105 at Lebanon Junction to Exit 91 in Elizabethtown. Allowing them to keep Hardin County residents safe while they assessed the situation.
However, shortly thereafter it was determined that both the evacuation and the I-65 closure was not necessary, and the road was reopened. The only active road closure is Highway 434 from Highway 313 to St. Clare Street. Officials stated that it is possible the road closure might have to last several days. Other nearby streets may also have to close as well.
An investigation is ongoing and more information will be released at a later date.