TFC Stu Recke
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 2, Nortonville
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Madisonville Man Killed When His Vehicle Collided with a Train
Date of News Release: 04/30/2012
Earlington, KY. (Hopkins County) – The Kentucky State Police investigated a vehicle versus train fatality that occurred at the intersection of US 41 and West Moss Street in Earlington, on Monday, April 30, 2012 at approximately 11:30 a.m.
The preliminary investigation revealed that James A. Johnson, age 76 of Madisonville, KY, was operating a 2002 Toyota pickup truck southbound on US 41. Mr. Johnson made a right turn onto West Moss Street and entered the railroad crossing where his vehicle was struck on the passenger side by a CSX train. The train pushed the vehicle approximately three-tenths of a mile before stopping just north of the Wilson Street railroad crossing.
Mr. Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene by the Hopkins County Coroner, Dennis Mayfield. No other injuries were reported. Both the visual and audible warning signals at the railroad crossing were functioning at the time.
Trooper Nick Rice is continuing the investigation. Sergeant Brenton Ford, Trooper First Class John Komar, the Earlington Volunteer Fire Department, Medical Center Ambulance Service, the State Highway Department, and the Hopkins County Coroner's Office assisted at the scene.