Rockslide caused fiery train derailment in Pike County, CSX says

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ELKHORN CITY, Ky. (WKYT) - Crews are on the scene of a fiery train derailment in Pike County.

Train derailment in Pike County (WYMT)

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the train derailed Thursday morning outside Elkhorn City, just across the river from US 460 in the Ratliff Bottom area.

According to CSX, the train hit a rockslide causing two of the three engines and five railcars to derail into the Big Sandy River, near Pond Creek Rd.

We're told the train had 96 cars loaded with ethanol. A hazardous material used to make things like gasoline.

CSX says one of the engines and several cars ended up on fire.

CSX says two crew members were able to get out of the derailed engine and make it to shore. They were taken to an area hospital and we're told they are in "pretty good condition."

The area was evacuated as a precaution, but transportation officials say US 460 is not closed because the derailment is on the other side of the river.

However, state police are asking people to avoid the area as much as possible.