Shelby man critically injured in train accident

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His truck struck train at 1st and Goodman streets

By Lisa King

A Shelby County man was injured critically Thursday evening when his pickup truck collided with a train near downtown Shelbyville.

Ryan McBride was taken to the University of Louisville Medical Center after his truck was crushed by a Norfolk Southern train at about 5:30 p.m. in the area of 1st and Goodman streets.

Assistant Emergency Medical Director Jeff Ivers said that McBride was airlifted to UofL.

“His injuries were serious, but I don’t think they were life-threatening,” Ivers said.

Robin Chapman, director of public relations for Norfolk Southern, said the train, which consisted of two engines and 66 cars, hauling mixed freight, struck a pickup truck at the crossing.

Chapman said that particular crossing has lights, bells and railroad-crossing signs but no gates and that he doesn’t know why McBride was on the tracks when the train was approaching.

“The report that I have doesn’t indicate whether the driver was crossing or had stopped on the

crossing. I don’t know that,” he said.

Shelbyville Police Department spokesperson Kelly Cable said Friday that he did not know the details of the accident because the report by Sgt. David Aikins, who responded to the call, had not been filed.

“The train was going from Louisville to Bellevue, Ohio,” Chapman said.

He said that that the railroad takes these types of incidents very seriously.

“We get a report from the crew as to what happened, and that is filed with the Federal Railroad Administration,” he said.

He said no crew members on the train were injured, but in an accident when a train strikes someone on the tracks, either in a vehicle or a pedestrian, that the crew is allowed to be relieved of their shift if they wish, in order to recover from the trauma of the accident.

“They have the option of being relieved of duty,” he said. “I don’t know that the crew did in this case, but they are given that option.”

Cable said no charges have been filed in the incident.