A train and a semi tractor-trailer collided on the railroad tracks on Shaw Station Road on Tuesday morning, Aug. 2.
The Leitchfield Police and Fire Departments, as well as the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office and Leitchfield Public Works, responded to the scene of the crash at the railway crossing on Shaw Station Road near Galloways Pawn Shop & Towing Service in Leitchfield at 8:34 a.m. on Tuesday.
Prior to the crash, the P & L train, driven by Engineer Forest Robinson, was travelling west on the train tracks, and the tractor-trailer, driven by Matthew Taylor, was travelling south on Shaw Station Road and hauling lumber from Baillie Lumber Company, according to Leitchfield Assistant Chief of Police David Riley.
As the semi began to cross the tracks on Shaw Station Road, it collided with the train, and the crash caused the semi to be dragged about 50 or 60 yards from the point of impact, Riley said.
The semi came to a rest facing westbound alongside the train engine, which itself came to a rest partially off the railway.
Neither Robinson nor Taylor was injured as a result of the crash, and Robinson’s passenger, Conductor Jack Reddington, was uninjured, as well, according to Leitchfield Police Officer Jeff Helvey.
While there were no injuries, the crash caused “severe damage” to the train rails, and lumber and diesel fuel were also spilled into the roadway, Riley said.
Leitchfield Fire Department personnel worked to clean up the diesel fuel and assisted with moving the lumber from the roadway.
Additionally, Riley said, Baillie Lumber intended to send a forklift to assist with removing lumber from the road, and P & L Railway would be responding to the scene, as well.
Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.