Kentucky State Police released the name of a man, who was killed earlier this morning after being involved in a vehicle versus train wreck in Earlington.
Preliminary investigation revealed that 76-year old James A. Johnson of Madisonville was driving a 2002 Toyota pickup truck southbound on US 41, when Mr. Johnson made a right turn onto West Moss Street and entered the railroad crossing where his vehicle was struck on the passenger side by a CSX train.
State Police say the train pushed the vehicle about three-tenths of a mile before stopping just north of the Wilson Street railroad crossing.
Mr. Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene by the Hopkins County Coroner, Dennis Mayfield and no other injuries related to the wreck were reported.
Police say both the visual and audible warning signals at the railroad crossing were functioning at the time of the collision.
The incident remains under investigation and is being handled by State Trooper Nick Rice, Sergeant Brenton Ford, Trooper First Class John Komar, the Earlington Volunteer Fire Department, Medical Center Ambulance Service, the State Highway Department, and the Hopkins County Coroner’s Office assisted at the scene.