Latest on Two Train Crashes in Ky

The National Transportation Safety Board is also investigating another accident, this one a Kentucky train crash.

The chairman said the event recorder has been recovered from the CSX train that crashed in Northern Kentucky yesterday, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007, and that its contents are being studied in hopes of discovering what caused the crash. The crash happened when several train cars carrying dangerous chemicals derailed and exploded.

Interstate 65 was shutdown for a period of time due to the crash. People were also forced out of their homes, businesses and a school in Bullitt County was evacuated.

There were no reports of injuries in the crash but at least 11 people checked into a local hospital for symptoms caused by the fire. Officials say five were treated for effects of the smoke and all 11 were released.

Another accident involving a train has left two people dead.

According to Boone County officials, a southbound train hit a northbound pickup truck the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2007. The truck was drug approximately 1000 feet and then burst into flames.

Early reports indicate that all procedures were followed by the train operator. The accident occurred about 80 miles north of Lexington.

This is the third accident involving freight trains in the state this week. The first one occurred Monday, Jan. 15, in Estill County.


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