train derailment

Stu Johnson, WEKU News


Norfolk Southern says it is moving derailed freight cars off the tracks after two trains collided in Georgetown, Kentucky.

The company said in a statement on Monday that four train crew members taken to the hospital after the crash as a precaution have been released with no injuries, though one employee is still being evaluated.

Officials say the trains collided head-on late Sunday, derailing both locomotives and 13 cars. Lexington Fire Department spokeswoman Lt. Jessica Bowman said nearby residents were evacuated as a precaution, but were allowed to return home once officials determined there was no safety risk.

Norfolk Southern said it is working to clear and repair the track and have it back in service Tuesday.


The investigation continues Monday into a train accident near Georgetown, Kentucky. The collision of two Norfolk Southern freight trains occurred just before midnight Sunday. 

Louisville Metro

People living within a half-mile radius of the site of a Paducah & Louisville Railway derailment in Jefferson County are facing another set of evacuations. Emergency Management  Spokesperson Jody Duncan says the evacuation affects 31 homes. That is just a fraction of those affected in the initial evacuation almost two weeks ago after a chemical fire erupted at the site.

Paducah and Louisville Railway opened an outreach center this morning for displaced residents affected by a train derailment in central Kentucky. The train crashed Monday, releasing butadiene into the air. It’s a hazardous chemical used in making tires. A statement from the company says the outreach center will help resident seeking reimbursement for money spent on lodging, food, lost work days, and travel expenses. Residents near the crash evacuated for safety. And yesterday, three workers were injured when a fire broke out during clean up efforts.