Saturday Night Update On Train Derailment

January 28, 2023 at 8:11:42 PM CST

Press Release

January 28, 2023 @ 8:00pm

Sheriff Jayson Richardson

DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office

Dozens of workers from Union Pacific, EPA, Sheriff, Fire, EMS, and State Hazmat have been working around the clock to assess the current situation, move train cars, address the spill, test levels, control traffic and determine a forward course of action for those residents who have been evacuated.


It is important to note that all leaks from the two train cars in question have been stopped. The primary area of impact has been: How much was spilled, what impact it could have on the public/environment and cleaning up the spill. Air quality has been monitored throughout last night and day today. Levels detected earlier in the day were low in comparison to what is considered “action level” or in laymen’s terms deemed a serious concern. As of 6PM there remains no detection or concerns outside of the main impact area.


A briefing was held by all agencies at 6:00PM today, it has been determined that the evacuation radius can be shortened at this time, with many being able to return to their homes. Highway 5 between Kickapoo and Keatchie will remain closed at this time. Anyone living outside of the Primary Concern area may return home at this time. Those returning home need to find alternative routes by 789, LA172, and LA5 on the South end. Smyrna Road will be closed between 3015 and Hwy 5, with exception for residential traffic, which will be allowed through.


If you have a residence within the “Primary Area of Concern” depicted in the image, there will be a meeting at the District #2 / EMS Station at 9896 Highway 5, on Sunday, January 29 at 9am. This meeting is only sharing information to those residents within the area that remains closed.

We sincerely thank the public for their patience, and all agencies involved who have been working day and night in an attempt to make this process as painless as possible for our area.

Photo credit DeSoto Sheriff & La. State Police