Kentucky Railroad Millionaire Dies at 58

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- R.J. Corman, a Jessamine County entrepreneur who ran a multimillion-dollar railroad and construction company, died on Friday. He was 58.

Company spokesman Noel Rush says Corman died about 11 a.m. at his home in Nicholasville. Corman, who went by "Rick," had been diagnosed in 2001 with multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reported that Corman was good friends with Kentucky coach John Calipari, and the coach would occasionally solicit prayers for Corman through Twitter. On Friday, Calipari tweeted "It's been a tough day."

He was founder and sole owner of R.J. Corman Railroad Group, which became one of only two major companies offering 24-hour emergency derailment cleanup for railways.

The company employs more than 1,100 people in 22 states.

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