Whitesburg KY

Truck can’t stop, strikes coal train

Driver escapes injury

Police say a pickup truck collided with a coal train Tuesday morning after the truck slid on ice and was unable to stop.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Brandon Thomas said William Jones, 53, a preacher at Letcher Independent Baptist Church at Spring Branch, was traveling north on Highway 7 South about 10:25 a.m. on Dec. 28 when he was unable to stop his Chevrolet Silverado at a railway crossing near Calvary.

“Mr. Jones applied his brakes and there was ice on the side of the roadway and it caused him to slide across the railway crossing,” said Thomas. “Before he could back up the train hit the vehicle.”

Thomas said the truck was damaged moderately on the right front. Jones was not injured.

Carla Groleau, spokesperson for CSX, said the train of 100 empty coal cars was on its way to Hazard from Martin in Floyd County.

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