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Fiery Freight Train Collision in Estill County, Kentucky

By Catfan81     Jan 15, 2007 in Travel
4 runaway cars barrel into two CSX train engines.
A collision between two engines and 4 empty freight cars raises concerns as there is some question of how they happened to collide on an Estill County track today near the Kentucky river causing a fiery explosion.
Thankfully no one was hurt in this incident but 20 homes and 2 businesses were evacuated.
Police orginally said that the two engines were moved to stop the runaway freight cars but CSX officials denied that report saying that would not be their standard procedure.
According to Kentucky State Police and CSX officials the cars started rolling at the community of Patio just Southeast of Winchester rolling about 20 miles on a mostly downhill decent in the Eastern Kentucky foothills until colliding just North of Irvine, KY.
"One of the cars was carrying 30,000 gallons of Butyl acetate, a flammable liquid used in the manufacture of lacquers, photographic films and plastics."
Kentucky State Police reported that two CSX engineers drove the train to a point to collide with the cars and abandoned them.
"But Gery Williams, a CSX spokesman from Huntington, W.Va., who was on the scene, said the company couldn’t determine who made the decision to allow the collision between the cars and engines."
The event took place at 1:30 and the fire was out at 4:30.
I tend to believe the State Police on this sounds like they were trying to avoid a major explosion in the town of Irvine where the tracks run right through. They probably saved some lives. CSX is probably just waiting to make an official press release after they gather all the facts.
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