Railroad paid $325K so far after derailment

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The head of the Paducah & Louisville Railway says the company has paid out at least $325,000 in reimbursements so far after a train derailed in southwest Louisville and caused a chemical fire.

CEO Tony Reck told The Associated Press on Monday that the money has gone to help pay the expenses of people evacuated from their homes after the Oct. 29 crash.

Evacuations were lifted Sunday and homeowners were being allowed back into the town of West Point four days after a chemical fire started at the site.

Two rail tank cars containing hydrogen fluoride were moved and stabilized over the weekend, resulting in the restrictions being lifted. However, the Dixie Highway remained closed.

The fire burned out on its own Sunday morning as crews moved the two cars.

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