One dead in dump truck and train collision in Northern Kentucky
A truck collided with a train in Walton. (FOX19/Dave Smith)
WALTON, KY (FOX19) -
The driver of a dump truck has died following a collision with a train Friday afternoon near Walton, Ky.
Steven Hess, 52, was traveling on Old Lexington Pike near Dixie Highway when he continued through a railroad intersection onto the tracks, officials say. The dump truck was struck on the passenger side by a Norfolk Southern train, causing it to flip into an embankment.
Hess, of Williamstown, Ky., was transported to St. Elizabeth and then transferred to University of Cincinnati. Crews called for AirCare but the medical helicopter was unable to fly due to weather conditions.
He was reportedly pronounced dead shortly after arrival at UC.
"In my 14 year careers, this is only the second train crash I've seen, but it's definitely the most violent crash I've ever seen," said Sgt. Chris Hall of the Boone County Sheriff's Office.
The train conductor was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Investigators say the preliminary investigation shows the lights and alerts on the tracks were working at the time of the crash.