A 62-year-old Grayson County man was killed after his SUV was struck by a train. According to police, a southbound train struck Carl Roof’s Chevrolet Tahoe on the driver’s side as the vehicle was crossing railroad tracks on Hughes Mill Road in Big Clifty, Kentucky. The impact forced the SUV off the tracks and caused the vehicle to overturn. Roof was pronounced dead at the scene. A child passenger in the SUV was flown to Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville with non-life threatening injuries.
Many such fatal train accidents involving vehicles occur in small cities and towns whose railroad crossings lack adequate signs and warnings. The FRA and National Transportation Safety Board typically launch investigations into only a very small number of these accidents.
According to The National Transportation Safety Board, 60% of all railroad crossing deaths happen at unprotected crossings and roughly 80% of public crossings are deficient in terms of adequate lights and safety gates. The fatal crash is being investigated by Kentucky State Police. The owner of the train and/or the train tracks may have civil liability in the death of Mr. Roof and injuries caused to the juvenile passenger.
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