21 Train Cars Derail in Downtown Area, Smash Into Building and Vehicle


Another day, another train derailment.

This time, the incident occurred just before 3:00 p.m. in the small unincorporated town of Glendale, Kentucky, in Hardin County, about five miles south of Elizabethtown.

Kentucky State Police told WLKY that an 18-wheeler had stopped on the tracks, forcing the train’s conductor to brake hard.

WLKY wrote that “at least eight railcars” had come off the tracks; however, the station’s broadcast report put the number much higher, at 21. Aerial footage apparently taken by drone appeared to show eight derailed cars, as well as the semi truck stuck on the tracks.

The train appeared to have stopped about 70 yards before it would have hit the stopped truck.

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The presence of a tow truck in front of the semi seemed to indicate that the 18-wheeler was stuck on the tracks, unable to move.

The derailed cars hit an antique store and a car. The car’s occupant suffered minor injuries, police said, but no specifics were reported.

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According to the Hardin County Sheriff, the train was carrying new automobiles. No hazardous materials were reported to be on the train.

“No hazardous materials,” Hardin County Emergency Director Joey Scott told WLKY.

“Please understand, there is no safety concern regarding hazardous material,” he said.

“One of the derailed cars collided with an occupied vehicle near the crossing. It has been reported that the occupants have non-life threatening injuries,” CSX Transportation officials said. “There are no reported injuries to the crew of the train, and no hazardous materials are involved.”

CSX said that crews were “working closely with local emergency responders” to address the derailment and that Glendale’s two train stops were expected to be shut down for an unspecified “extended period of time.”

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Somewhat ironically, Glendale was actually named for the hometown of a railway engineer on the L&N line when a new station was located there just before the Civil War, according to Kentucky Place Names.

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George Upper is the former Editor-in-Chief of The Western Journal and was a weekly co-host of "WJ Live," powered by The Western Journal. He is currently a contributing editor in the areas of faith, politics and culture. A former U.S. Army special operator, teacher and consultant, he is a lifetime member of the NRA and an active volunteer leader in his church. Born in Foxborough, Massachusetts, he has lived most of his life in central North Carolina.
George Upper, is the former editor-in-chief of The Western Journal and is now a contributing editor in the areas of faith, politics and culture. He currently serves as the connections pastor at Awestruck Church in Greensboro, North Carolina. He is a former U.S. Army special operator, teacher, manager and consultant. Born in Massachusetts, he graduated from Foxborough High School before joining the Army and spending most of the next three years at Fort Bragg. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in English as well as a Master's in Business Administration, all from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He and his wife life only a short drive from his three children, their spouses and his grandchildren. He is a lifetime member of the NRA and in his spare time he shoots, reads a lot of Lawrence Block and John D. MacDonald, and watches Bruce Campbell movies. He is a fan of individual freedom, Tommy Bahama, fine-point G-2 pens and the Oxford comma.
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