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Train Derails in Latonia, 2 Injured, Houses Evacuated

The engine of a train derailed in Latonia on Saturday afternoon sending two people to the hospital and resulting in the evacuation of a pair of homes on Daniels Street.

The CSX train flipped on its side right on a hill at the dead end of Daniels around 3 p.m.

A firefighter on the scene told The River City News that two people inside the engine were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. A witness saw one person climb out of the tipped-over train vehicle.

Covington Police and Fire were joined on the scene by CSX crews and at least one crew from the Kentucky Emergency Management Agency.

No chemicals were leaking from the train. The River City News was told that the train's fuel is maintained in the second car which remained upright. 

A crane was expected to arrive on the scene via the opposite direction on the tracks to right-side the flipped car.

Two homes at the end of Daniels were evacuated, including the one where Jeff Hornsby lives. He was in the basement doing laundry when the train flipped mere feet from the house.

"It sounded like something really loud came through the wall," Hornsby said. "It scared me."

Though trains are a regular part of life on this otherwise quiet street, the noise caused by the derailment was enough to prompt Hornsby to come outside wher ehe saw emergency responders pointing right toward his own side yard.

He said it looks like the accident could have been a lot worse. Had the train come down the hill, it could have hit his house.

Horsby said he would spend the the forced evacuation with friends. "I was going to head out tonight, anyway. It's just going to be a little earlier," he laughed.

The cause of the accident is not yet known. This story will be updated when more information is available.

Story & Photos by Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News with additional photos by Katie Woodring where noted