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    http://www.kentucky.com/news/local/c...205810789.html

    This happened about 10 minutes from my house on Sunday night. The article linked above is surprisingly accurate and even handed for rail news reporting, based on what I've heard from first responders and railroad acquaintances of mine.

    From what I've heard none of the crew were seriously injured, thank goodness, and no hazardous stuff was spilled. The track there is already instrumented for PTC, but neither of the lead locomotives involved have been equipped yet.

    At least one of the lead locos had a standard cab, so it's a miracle they escaped serious injury or death.

    Apparently none of the cars on the southbound train (the stopped one) derailed, all 13 derailed cars were from the northbound (moving) train.

    I'm still curious why the southbound train was stopped on single track. I suppose we'll hear about that eventually.

    This article was the first I've heard of the northbound train running through a switch. I had initially assumed dispatcher error, but if the switch was lined against the northbound, perhaps it was crew error. I suppose we will eventually hear from the FRA and/or NTSB on that one.

    Incidentally the switch the northbound would have run through is just a few hundred yards south of one of my go-to railfan spots.
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    Wow glad there were mild injuries.

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    A little bit more information. It appears to have been a planned meet gone awry.

    The southbound was was stopped on the main at the south end of double track presumably waiting on the meet. Unfortunately it appears from the photos the lead engine stopped too close to the frog, or IN the switch.

    The northbound was supposed to take the diverging route and pass the southbound but clipped the SB lead loco as it entered the switch.

    This is scary. It looks like the NB train shoved the lead SB engine UNDER the second unit!

    on the bright side that may have been what saved the crew’s lives. The energy of the impact going into lifting the second unit instead of crushing the cabs... my theory at least.

    ETA: Based on the resting locations of the locos, it appears the lead SB engine was a full engine length past the frog before the impact. Somebody will have some explaining to do...
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    It seems a lot of these crashes and close calls could be avoided if farmers planted anything other than corn along railways.

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