The derailment caused a spill of around 30 to 40 thousand gallons of food grade alcohol. Two other spilled tanks carrying corn meal and corn starch added to the mess. Although it was a large spill, officials say the derailment could have been far more devastating.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency says the train fell on the east side of the tracks away from a creek. If the cars had fallen into the creek the EPA says wildlife in the Patoka River could have been at risk.
Most of the food grade alcohol soaked into soil isolating the substance. That soil will be removed and replaced with clean soil. Officials say the spill isn't posing a health risk to area residents.