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LEBANON JUNCTION, Ky. (AP) — A freight train has derailed in central Kentucky, and several cars are on fire, but officials say there is no danger to the public.

News outlets report the train wasn’t carrying any hazardous materials Tuesday afternoon but was transporting vehicles.

Several fire departments and local emergency management have responded to the scene in Bullitt County north of Lebanon Junction.

Hardin County emergency services officer Bryce Shumate says no hazardous materials are involved and that nearby residents are safe. He says there have been explosions from gas tanks in automobiles that were being transported.

Shumate says it’s unclear what caused the train to derail.