Tornado derails a train in Hopkins County; one car lands on home

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EARLINGTON, Ky. — Friday night’s tornado that swept across three states demonstrated its sheer power in Hopkins County, Kentucky, derailing 27 train cars near this small town.

As dawn broke Saturday, crews were working to clean up the derailment on a CSX line.

Workers on scene pointed to one car the tornado swept 75 yards away from the track, up a hill. One train car landed in a home, but Earlington firefighters on scene Saturday morning said there were no immediate reports of injuries or fatalities at the site.

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A train tanker car lies in the middle of storm damage near Earlington, Ky. A train derailed nearby.

A train tanker car lies in the middle of storm damage near Earlington, Ky. A train derailed nearby.

The exact time of the derailment wasn’t immediately known, but a tornado emergency issued at 10:43 p.m. Central Time by the National Weather Service mentioned the storm being at Earlington.

Several houses in the area of the tracks were destroyed by the storm.

This story will update.

This article originally appeared on Evansville Courier & Press: Tornado derails train in Earlington, Kentucky; 1 car goes in house

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