(Versailles, Kentucky – December 9, 2011)
A newspaper delivery carrier for the Lexington Herald-Leader and his wife, on their way to pick up his morning delivery of newspapers, were seriously injured Friday morning a little after 2:00 A.M. when their pickup truck ran into the side of a stopped train at the crossing of the Lexington & Ohio Railroad and the U.S. 60 Bypass in Versailles, KY.
Versailles Police confirmed that the crossing lights on the non-gated crossing were not functioning at the time of the accident which resulted in serious injuries to Marion “Ace” Wilson, 72, the driver, and his wife, Mary, 78, both of Versailles, KY.
The train, operated by the L&ORR subsidiary of the R. J. Corman Company ‘s Railroad Group, was stopped across all four lanes of Bypass 60, and with the flashing lights not functioning, the Wilson’s never saw the train until it was too late to stop.
“It’s dark out there,” said Versailles Police Lt. Daniel Clark. “There are no road lights, street lights or highway lights out there,” he continued.
Lt. Clark was quick to silence any speculation regarding alcohol or drugs. Meanwhile, the two victims were taken to the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington, KY, where Marion was admitted in fair condition, while his wife, Mary, was listed in critical condition.