Train Slams Into Truck, Killing Driver

Investigators are looking into a deadly crash involving a Norfolk Southern Train.

The train slammed into a truck in Pulaski County at around 3:30 on Thursday afternoon. The accident happened along Freedom Church Road, just south of Eubank.

The truck, which was hauling household appliances, was pushed hundreds of feet down the track by the oncoming train.

The coroner has not released the identity of the victim, but says he was a man in his 30's who worked as a subcontractor for Home Depot in Lexington. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators say the truck either stopped or stalled on the tracks, but don't know which.

Norfolk Southern is conducting its own investigation into the deadly accident.


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  • by D Location: CORBIN on Aug 10, 2007 at 02:59 PM
    ITS SAD THAT SOMEONE LOST THERE LIFE IN THIS INCIDENT. BUT WHEN YOU APPROACH A RAIL ROAD CROSSING LOOK! EVEN IF THERE ARE LIGHTS AND BARS LOOK! IF YOU LEAVE YOUR LIFE IN THE HANDS OF JUST A LIGHT AND A BAR YOU ARE AKSING TO GET BIT. SLOW DOWN AND LOOK IS THE BEST SLOGAN.
  • by trainguy Location: South Central, KY on Aug 10, 2007 at 02:44 PM
    Good point in your comment Alex. However, in Europe the governments of the various countries have always subsidized railways in a major way, including passenger rail. If we had a viable, fast, safe, rail system as they do in Europe, freight transportation would be more efficent and less costly. And there, as is the case with only the Northeast Corridor here in the states, all grade crossings have been eliminated, allowing passenger trains to run at speeds competitive to communter airlines. Also, and significantly in the days of 2-3 dollar per gallon gas, we'd have an alternate method of personal ground transportation too. Maybe one of these days the state and federal governments will wake up and realize that high speed rail would be as good and probabaly better investment of our tax dollars than adding an umpteeth lane to I-75, or shelling out money for new runways and control towers and bailouts for the airlines. Automakers and oil companies have too much political power.
  • by Alex Location: Lexington on Aug 10, 2007 at 12:28 PM
    I/m sorry but when I lived in Europe I saw a lot of tiny crossings where there was at least a barrier or lights. It is pitiful not to have lights or a bell at least. Sure people are careless but why do we have stop signs at every darned road junction?
  • by T Location: Eubank on Aug 10, 2007 at 12:01 PM
    You really cannot blame it on the trains. They can not stop on a dime. They should always blow the horn before they come to the crossings. Some of the crossings needs to be looked at very carefully. They are very dangerous. We as automobile drivers need to be more cautious. I have been guilty myself of being in a hurry or have my mind somewhere else, but I always stop and look at the crossings. I live very close to where this accident occurred and I cross the tracks everyday. At my crossing it is very hard to see and the railroad should do something about that. In the winter, you can not stop at my crossing because of the bad roads. There are no lights or gates at either crossings on Freedom Church Road. This I do blame the railroad for. The only thing left to say is that my heart goes out to this man's family and to the crew on the train.
  • by trainguy Location: South Central, KY on Aug 10, 2007 at 07:28 AM
    People need to realize that STOP LOOK AND LISTEN isn't just an old saying at railroad crossings! Especially those without lights or gates. The media and the public have the tendency to always make it look like the railroad is some sort of big careless villian when a tragedy like this occurs. But that would be like saying it was the truck's fault if someone pulls out in front of an 18-wheeler and is killed. Except trains take a LOT longer to stop than a truck. And as far as trains "showing up in an instant," that is why you stop look and proceed cautiously at crossings.
  • by Lynn Location: ky on Aug 9, 2007 at 07:47 PM
    isnt there a lot of fatalities at the railroad crossings in that area?? I know i have been thru there a few times in the past year and drove across some crossings and a train shows up in an instant.

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