CSX Derailment - Brooks, KY

Brooks, KY - Region IV

Site Contact:

Art Smith
On-Scene Coordinator


State Highway 1020 & Huber Station Road
Brooks, KY

Latitude: 38.0589000
Longitude: -85.7100000
NRC#: 823802

On Tuesday January 16, 2007, a CSX Transportation freight train derailed near CSXT milepost 000015 in Brooks, KY, approximately 25 miles south of Louisville, KY. The incident resulted in a release of hazardous substances into the environment, prompting an evacuation of homes, schools, and businesses within a one mile radius of the scene. The incident location is also a few miles west of Interstate 65 and an 8 mile stretch of the interstate was shut down for 12 hours. The derailment involved tank cars of 1,3-butadiene, c-hexane, and methyl ethyl ketone, which were detected in air and water samples collected in response to the incident. All fires were extinguished by 01/21/07, marking the transition from the emergency response to a long-term environmental investigation and cleanup. EPA and the Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection (KYDEP) are working jointly to oversee the work performed by CSXT.

For additional information, visit the Pollution Report (POLREPS) section.