TPR Lloyd Cochran
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 11, London
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Man Killed when Vehicle Collides with Train
Date of News Release: 04/06/2012
(London, KY.) –- On April 6, 2012, at 0945 hours, Kentucky State Police, Post 11 was contacted by the Rockcastle County 911 Center and notified of an injury accident at the railroad crossing on Twin Tunnel Road. The findings of the preliminary investigation indicated that the operator Christopher Kerns age, 29 of Mount Vernon, KY was operating a 2008 Chevrolet Pickup, when he failed to stop at a railroad crossing and drove directly into the path of a CSX Locomotive. The CSX Locomotive was unable to stop and struck Mr. Kerns vehicle on the passenger side. The locomotive pushed the Chevrolet Pickup down the railway until coming to rest against rail tunnel. Mr. Kerns was pronounced dead at the scene by the Rockcastle County Coroner's Office. Drugs and alcohol are not suspected to be a contributing factor. No CSX personnel were injured in the collision. Trooper Sean Dixon, is conducting the investigation. Trooper Dixon was assisted by Trooper John Barnett, Rockcastle Sheriff's Department Rockcastle EMS, Brodhead Volunteer Fire-Rescue, and Rockcastle County Coroner's Office.