Georgetown man faces charges in train collision

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WKYT) - Charges have been filed against a Georgetown man accused of causing a train crash.

Norfolk Southern says the railcar involved should not have been on the main track.

It has been more than a week since a train and a railcar collided head-on. Charges have been filed against that Georgetown man for tampering with the railcar involved.

Officials were back on site on Thursday, cleaning up after that collision. It happened at the Main Street extended railroad crossing. And from the get go, Norfolk Southern Railway Police were concerned the crash was not an accident.

After investigating, Norfolk Southern says William Austin Blevins is responsible for the collision that derailed a railcar, spilling the coiled steel it was carrying.

The charges filed with the county attorney include two felonies being first degree wanton endangerment and first degree criminal mischief as well as criminal trespass on railroad property.

According to the criminal complaint summons that has been issued, Blevins and a juvenile climbed onto a railcar, released a handbrake, and then left the property. That's when railway officials say the railcar went onto the mainline and hit the train that was traveling 21 miles per hour at the time.

Norfolk Southern reports that the collision caused about $177,000 in damage. Blevins has not yet been cited in this case.

Blevins is set to appear in court on September 4. The juvenile involved will be charged with railroad trespass.


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