Police News for July 18

July 18, 2004

Driver walks away from train wreck

BURGIN - A train struck and totaled a truck Friday afternoon when the vehicle pulled out in front of it, but the driver was not injured and later walked away from the accident.

Burgin Police Chief Jim Caldwell said James Hurley, 43, of Buster Pike, was crossing the train tracks that run across his driveway when his 1989 GMC pickup was struck by a Norfolk Southern train traveling at 44 mph.

Caldwell said Hurley didn't see the train until the last second, and after crossing the tracks multiple times each day, hadn't stopped to look.


According to witnesses, "he had the windows up, and the A.C. was running, and he just didn't hear the whistle," Caldwell said. But Hurley apparently noticed the train just before it struck him because he was able to partially clear his truck from the tracks, Caldwell said.

"It probably saved his life," the chief said. "It would have absolutely been a fatal accident if he hadn't pulled off the center of the tracks."

The train rammed the rear side panel and bumper of the vehicle, spinning it around but not inflicting any injuries to Hurley.

Driver charged in Liberty crash

The driver of one of the cars involved in Thursday's accident near downtown Liberty that injured three people tested positive for cocaine, police said.

Liberty police Sgt. Joey Miller said Jimmy D. Simpson, 25, of Lebanon was charged with driving under the influence of drugs and likely will face other charges stemming the accident, which occurred about 6 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Hustonville and Allen streets.

Simpson and passenger Bobby Earl Lee, 23, of Lebanon, were airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center, where Lee was listed in serious condition and Simpson was listed in fair condition Saturday, a hospital spokesman said.

Miller said that Simpson ran a stop sign on Allen Street and pulled into a path of a truck driven by Edward D. Taylor, 36, of Liberty, who was driving south on Hustonville Street. Taylor was treated at Casey County Hospital and released, Miller said.

Accident in Marion injures two

Two people were injured Friday when the vehicle they were riding in ran off Ky. 457 and struck a tree near Holy Cross in Marion County.

Kentucky State Trooper Fred Cornett said that driver Mary Jennette, 40, and passenger James Nalley, 38, both of Loretto, were treated at Springview Hospital and released.

Both were wearing seat belts, Cornett said.

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