2 rail cars overturn in Louisiana

May 17, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Police in Lafayette, Louisiana, say two rail cars jumped the track and overturned early this morning, leaking hydrochloric acid.

Police are evacuating thousands of people from homes and businesses within a 1-mile radius of the accident.

Corporal Paul Mouton says a total of six cars derailed, and two of them began to leak. He says local firefighters and state police are on the scene.

Authorities are going door-to-door in the area asking residents to leave.

Mouton says the area is mostly businesses, but there are also a few apartment complexes and a nursing home. He estimates thousands will have to be evacuated.

A local ambulance service says it's transferring 20 of the nursing home residents to a nearby hospital, two with what are described as "very minor injuries."