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U.S: Homes evacuated, no injuries in Louisiana train derailment

World News
Thu, 14 Apr 2016
Associated Press

SCOTT, La.: Officials say more than 100 homes were evacuated after a train derailment in Louisiana, but no injuries were reported.

News outlets report that the incident occurred on Wednesday morning in Scott. Several cars derailed.

Lafayette Fire Department spokesman Alton Trahan says at least one car was a tanker that contained phosphoric acid. It didn't rupture.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says the acid is dangerous when it's inhaled, ingested, or gets on the skin or eyes.

Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Capt. John Babin says residents within a quarter-mile of the accident site were evacuated, as was a daycare center.

Evacuees were transported to an events center.

Babin says the evacuation order was lifted at 8:15 p.m. Sections of several roads near the site remained closed as of Wednesday night.

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