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Overpass opens after derailment

LAFAYETTE — Authorities reopened a railroad overpass Monday that was closed when a train derailment spilled 10,000 gallons of hydrochloric acid and forced the evacuation of more than 3,000 residents.

All evacuated residents were allowed to return home Sunday, but the Ambassador Caffery overpass remained closed so Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development experts could inspect the bridge for damage from the acid spill.

Louisiana State Police Trooper David Anderson said the overpass reopened Monday evening. A one-mile evacuation radius was cut to 200 feet from the accident site.

Crews were cleaning up the acid that spilled when six train cars rolled off the tracks on Saturday. Jimmy Guidry, the state’s chief health officer, said the area was safe but advised people to open windows and air out rooms.


Gun goes off in safety class

NEW BEDFORD — A firearms instructor in southern Massachusetts has been assigned to other duties after his gun accidentally went off while he was teaching a class on weapons safety.

Officials say the Glock handgun discharged while Maj. Donald Lamar was demonstrating to Bristol County deputy sheriffs how to safely holster the weapon.

The bullet ripped a hole in Maj. Lamar’s pants but missed his leg and foot.

Sheriff Thomas Hodgson says the officer made a “gross error in judgment” by not emptying the weapon before the class last week.

Maj. Lamar, a certified firearms instructor since 2005, was transferred to another division and will not carry a firearm while the incident is being investigated.


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