A train derailment and explosion in Princeton Sunday night closed U.S. 41 in both directions and caused a mandatory evacuation.
The Gibson County Sheriff’s Office said they received several calls Sunday night about a train derailment and explosion in the area of Old U.S. 41 and Caniff Trailer Court.
The Sheriff’s Office said authorities issued a mandatory evacuation of an area within a one-mile radius.
Indiana State Police say Traffic northbound on 41 was closed at Indiana 168 and southbound at Indiana 64.
First responders went door to door to businesses and homes within a 1-mile radius evacuating persons from the area. Those displaced were allowed to go to the Gibson County Fairgrounds Toyota Events Center.
CSX in a statement said they were working closely with local firefighters and other first responders to assess the situation, and the safety of the community and everyone on site is thier top priority as they develop a recovery plan. They say the train consisted of two locomotives, 89 loaded railcars and 9 empty railcars.