(Henryville, Indiana – July 1, 2019)
Two as-yet unidentified residents of Henryville, IN were injured last Monday evening about 6:20 PM, EDT, when their car was struck and overturned in their own driveway. Their vehicle was struck by a Louisville & Indiana RR freight train consisting of a locomotive and three freight cars.
Both victims had to be cut out of their demolished vehicle by local firefighters. They were then rushed via ambulance to University Hospital in Louisville, KY. Weather conditions made air ambulance via helicopter impossible. One victim was admitted in serious condition while the other was admitted with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
Because the crossing was private, it was unknown when or if the locomotive engineer sounded the horn on approach to this crossing. A daily average of eight L&IRR trains cross there at a maximum allowable speed of 49 mph. There are no active warning devices, such as lights and gates, or other low cost active warning devices at this crossing.
The location of the collision was the 21000 block of US Highway 31.
The L&IRR is one of six short line and regional railroads owned and operated by the Chicago-based Anacostia Rail Holdings Group.