Kentucky tornado causes freight train derailment, 28 train cars damaged

A tornado caused the derailment of a CSX freight train on Friday night in Kentucky, resulting in damage to multiple houses, according to reports.

The derailment occurred in Earlington, Hopkins County. There were no reports of injuries, the Courier Journal of Louisville reported.

A total of 28 train cars left the tracks because of severe weather, a CSX spokesperson said. No harmful substances were released, the spokesman added.

“The safety of the community is our top priority as we continue to finalize our recovery plan,” the statement continued. “CSX personnel are coordinating with local emergency responders and by late afternoon we cleared the derailed cars from the tracks. At approximately 6 p.m. this evening train traffic resumed.”

Crews responding to the incident said one train car ended up 75 yards from the track, the Courier Journal report said.

Two rail cars separated from the rest of the train and multiple houses were damaged, WFIE-TV of Evansville, Indiana, reported.

Removal of debris in the area will be time-consuming, officials said.

“We have multiple houses damaged in this particular area, we have a train derailment that appears to be a result of the tornado,” Earlington Fire Department Chief Chris Cothran said.

According to the National Weather Service, a tornado emergency was issued for the area at 10:43pm Friday.