After seven freight train cars derailed off tracks near I-65 in Colesburg on Tuesday, crews spent Wednesday cleaning up the damage.Railroad crews worked to remove train cars from the nearby creek they skidded into and replaced damaged train tracks.Officials believe a total of seven cars derailed around 9 p.m. in Hardin County, which forced several roads to close late Tuesday, including Interstate 65, which has since reopened. The train cars were hauling silica beads and no hazardous materials, so those who live in the area were not evacuated.Colesburg resident Kayla Martin not only felt the rumble of the incident, but she also saw it all happen. “We saw the first car bounce up and that’s when I came out and the second, third, fourth, and fifth were bouncing,” she said. “Initially we came and wanted to make sure the drivers were okay, so I made the phone call to 911 because we didn’t know if there was a fire or if anything was leaking.”Springing into action, she ran out of her home on St. Clare Street to ensure her kids were not in danger and to check to see if anyone involved was hurt.“The jar of that impact could have really hurt their driver, so I made sure they were okay,” she said.By Wednesday, most roads were back open and clean-up efforts were in full swing.Active road closures as crews continue working include: Lower Colesburg Road Upper Colesburg Road Entrance of St. Clare Street“They’ve worked all night to get it cleaned up and I think they got all the cars out,” Martin said. “I know I didn’t sleep because of that.”The cause of the derailment has not yet been released by CSX officials, but it’s not the first instance in Hardin County. In 2016, a train carrying 22 cars derailed from the tracks near Elizabethtown. No injuries were reported in either incident, but as for Martin, she just hopes it does not happen again.“Luckily there were no cars at either side of the railroad tracks because that right there could have posed a big danger,” she said. When that axel came off, it bounced right where those cars would have been.”Numerous area fire departments, Kentucky State Police and Hardin County authorities assisted on the scene Tuesday night. The investigation is being handled by CSX.

After seven freight train cars derailed off tracks near I-65 in Colesburg on Tuesday, crews spent Wednesday cleaning up the damage.

Railroad crews worked to remove train cars from the nearby creek they skidded into and replaced damaged train tracks.

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Officials believe a total of seven cars derailed around 9 p.m. in Hardin County, which forced several roads to close late Tuesday, including Interstate 65, which has since reopened. The train cars were hauling silica beads and no hazardous materials, so those who live in the area were not evacuated.

Colesburg resident Kayla Martin not only felt the rumble of the incident, but she also saw it all happen.

“We saw the first car bounce up and that’s when I came out and the second, third, fourth, and fifth were bouncing,” she said. “Initially we came and wanted to make sure the drivers were okay, so I made the phone call to 911 because we didn’t know if there was a fire or if anything was leaking.”

Springing into action, she ran out of her home on St. Clare Street to ensure her kids were not in danger and to check to see if anyone involved was hurt.

“The jar of that impact could have really hurt their driver, so I made sure they were okay,” she said.

By Wednesday, most roads were back open and clean-up efforts were in full swing.

Active road closures as crews continue working include:

  • Lower Colesburg Road
  • Upper Colesburg Road
  • Entrance of St. Clare Street

“They’ve worked all night to get it cleaned up and I think they got all the cars out,” Martin said. “I know I didn’t sleep because of that.”

The cause of the derailment has not yet been released by CSX officials, but it’s not the first instance in Hardin County. In 2016, a train carrying 22 cars derailed from the tracks near Elizabethtown. No injuries were reported in either incident, but as for Martin, she just hopes it does not happen again.

“Luckily there were no cars at either side of the railroad tracks because that right there could have posed a big danger,” she said. When that axel came off, it bounced right where those cars would have been.”

Numerous area fire departments, Kentucky State Police and Hardin County authorities assisted on the scene Tuesday night. The investigation is being handled by CSX.

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