COVINGTON, Ky. – Two people suffered non-life-threatening injuries Saturday afternoon when the front engine car of a commercial train derailed from a straight stretch of track in Northern Kentucky.
Police and fire crews responded to a stretch of railroad track in the 3400 block Lincoln Avenue after the CSX train's locomotive tipped over and came off the track shortly before 3 p.m. By 2:30 a.m. the derailment was cleared, according to railroad officials.
The conductor and engineer on board the train were taken to the hospital with what were described as non-life-threatening injuries, according to a Covington fire officials at the scene. The CFD member told WCPO both people were able to walk away from the accident and to the ambulances that transported them to local medical centers for treatment.
As a precaution, residents of two homes near the site of the derailment were evacuated. There was an initial fear the engine was going to slip down an embankment in the area, but officials let those residents return to their homes before 4:30 p.m.
Covington firefighters confirmed the engine of the train was on its side, leaking fuel. However, there were no chemical hazards that would cause additional evacuations, they said.
Investigators from CSX arrived at the scene Saturday night to start piecing together what happened.