Railroad News

Kentucky Motorist Killed at Dangerous, Unguarded Norfolk Southern Crossing

(Science Hill, Kentucky – April 3, 2023)

A Kentucky motorist was struck and killed by a Norfolk Southern freight train at the dangerous and unguarded crossing just north of Science Hill, Kentucky. The collision occurred on March 31, 2023 at the Ware Road double-tracked railroad crossing. The motorist, George Moore of Science Hill was pronounced dead at the scene by the Pulaski County Coroner’s Office.

According to Norfolk Southern submitted records, the crossing where this collision occurred accommodates a daily average of thirty-three trains with a typical speed of 55 miles per hour. Despite the frequent and high-speed train usage, the crossing was not equipped with any active warning devices, such as lights and gates. It is virtually certain that the addition of lights and gates could have prevented this tragedy. Norfolk Southern and Operation Lifesaver know that lights and gates are the most effective type of protection at railroad crossings. Studies that have been conducted over fifty years ago confirm that lights and gates offer the ability to drastically reduce the number of vehicle/train collisions by as much as 96%.

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office and Coroner’s Office are still investigating this collision.