LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - One person has died after a car collided with a train in the Park Hill neighborhood.
A witness tried to help the victim when he saw smoke coming from the vehicle. "I was running and thought, Lord please I hope no one is in this car. When I got there I saw a man, I was like, I got to get this man out of here. I've never seen anything like that in my life," DeWayne Martin said.
According to MetroSafe, the accident was reported at 12:43 p.m. at 25th Street and Standard Avenue. Maps of the area show the railroad crossing is on 25th Street between Standard and Woodland Avenues.
Louisville Metro Police spokesperson Dwight Mitchell said the car hit the Norfolk Southern train and caught fire after the impact. Mitchell said the train stopped near Market Street and was being checked for evidence related to the crash.
In a statement, Robin Chapman, director of public relations for Norfolk Southern, said the accident happened at the 23rd Street crossing and the train crew was not aware they had been struck.
Chapman said one the crew was notified by radio of the accident, they stopped the train, which was hauling automobiles from Delaplain, KY to Kansas City, MO, in the vicinity of Madison Street.
There are no crossing gates at either the 23rd Street or 25th Street crossings, but where the incident happened, but both crossings do have flashing warning lights. Those lights were being checked to see if they were operational.
By the time Martin tried to pull the man from the vehicle he said flames started engulfing the car. "I noticed he was stuck in his seat belt. I didn't have a knife to get him out. When I reached, the fire was too explosive to reach down there and hit the button. The next thing I know he threw his hands up and leaned over and the car started burning," he said.
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