VIVIAN, LA (KSLA) - Cleanup efforts are well underway in north Caddo Parish this weekend in Vivian after a coal train derailed shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday.
According to Vivian Police the only road still closed is a quarter-mile stretch of Camp Road to Highway 2, where the derailment happened.
The derailment of the 30 rail cars reportedly caused coal to spill on the roadway. Footage from a drone shows the full extent of the destruction posted on the Facebook page of the:
Several homes and businesses in Vivian are under a boil advisory until further notice. Officials with the town of Vivian water system tell us the train knocked over fire hydrants when it derailed.
The boil advisory affects homes and businesses numbering from 917 to 947 on South Pine Street. The 100 block of Camp Road is also included in that boil advisory.
KCS released this statement about the train derailment:
And the news traveled fast. Just ask Vivian resident Alex Ivins, who couldn't resist taking his family for a drive to see the wreckage for themselves.
"My mother is the one that told me, that called us this morning and told me about it. And she said there's coal everywhere. So, we knew at that point what was in the cars," recalled Ivins.
"It's going to be several days of cleanup going on here," predicted Vivian Assistant Police Chief Perry Hart.
The derailment does not come as a complete surprise, at least to some Vivian residents. They say that's largely because of the speeds at which they've seen trains coming through town over the years.
"We've been waiting for this to happen," said resident James Mullican, who said speed is a big problem.
"We can ride beside them in our car and they be doing about 55, almost 60 when they come through here," added Mullican.
Assistant Police Chief Perry Hart said he too has seen passing trains at high speeds, at least sometimes.
"They do. But as a general rule they usually run through here around 40 or 45," said Hart.
This mess also reminds Vivian residents about past train incidents.
"It's not the first time we've had a derailment in town," said Ivins.
That includes at least two previous derailments in Vivian in the last four years.
The Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office says Louisiana State Police has been notified and no evacuations were reported.