A lost driver was struck by a train yesterday in eastern Louisville. According to police, the lost driver was turning around on the train tracks near Taylorsville Road and Stone Lakes Drive when a Norfolk-Southern freight train collided with the car.
The driver was transported by Metro EMS to University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. No one in the train was injured.
While it is unknown at this time why the driver opted to turn around on the train tracks despite the proximity of the train, it is possible the lights and safety gates on the tracks were deficient or defective. Many collisions involving trains and vehicles occur due, at least in part, to inadequate signs and warnings at railroad crossings. The FRA and National Transportation Safety Board typically launch investigations into only a very small number of these accidents.