The tornadoes on Friday wreaked havoc across the country, destroying businesses and homes. Kentucky was hit especially hard, and with one extreme case, it caused a train to derail and damage several homes in the process.
Fox News reports one of the tornadoes caused a CSX freight train to derail Friday night in Kentucky. The derailment occurred in Earlington, Hopkins County. Luckily, authorities haven’t reported any injuries as of now. In total, 28 train cars got derailed at some point because of the weather, a CSX spokesperson said. Another bit of good news is none of the train cars released harmful substances.
CSX released a statement about the incident, expressing concern and their future plans. “The safety of the community is our top priority as we continue to finalize our recovery plan,” the statement said. “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.”
The Courier Journal also detailed the incident, saying one train car actually landed inside a resident’s home. Another car was flung 75 yards off the track. Officials are beginning efforts to remove debris and repair homes, but expect it to take some time. Earlington Fire Department Chief Chris Cothran gave a statement, saying, “We have multiple houses damaged in this particular area, we have a train derailment that appears to be a result of the tornado.”
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear also described the incident, expressing disbelief and sorrow. “Everywhere along this line of this tornado where it touched down…has been severely and significantly impacted. It is indescribable. The level of devastation is unlike anything I have ever seen.”
Kentucky Gov. Reports Anywhere From ’70 to 100′ People Died from Tornadoes
The train derailments were just one of many tragic occurrences in Kentucky from the tornadoes. Besides his earlier comments, Andy Beshear also disclosed the death toll may sadly reach 100 people.
Appearing on the TODAY show, he talked about the damage done to both property and life. Saying there could be up to 100 people who died from the tornadoes, he told the outlet the state is in pain.
“We are hurting this morning,” he informed the show’s hosts. “Once dawn breaks we’re going to get a better idea of just how staggering this loss is. As we sit here right now, we know our death toll is going to exceed 50 and is probably going to be closer to 70 to 100.” Beshear additionally declared a state of emergency and activated the 181 guardsmen from the National Guard.
With luck, the number of people lost won’t come anywhere close to the predicted 100, but time will tell.