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Old 08-09-2006, 02:12 AM   #1
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Default Rescue crews responded to an accident Tuesday involving a dump truck and train in sou

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Rescue crews responded to an accident Tuesday involving a dump truck and train in southern Jefferson County.

The crash occurred at about 7:30 a.m. at the intersection of Dixie Highway and Dixie Beach Road, just south of U.S. Highway 44, reported WLKY NewsChannel 32.

Police said James Headden was in the dump truck hauling waste material when the vehicle stopped while trying to cross the railroad tracks.

"He was either stopped or stalled on the tracks at that time while the train was coming northbound," said Lt. David Toebbe of the Louisville Metro Police Department. "The train initiated emergency measures and was blowing its horn but the truck didn't move."

Police said the engineer then engaged the emergency braking system, but couldn't stop in time and hit the truck.

"The train did strike the passenger side of the dump truck, and the man, Mr. Headden, was ejected from the vehicle," said Toebbe.

Police believe he may have been pinned briefly with part of the truck rolling on top of him.

Headden was airlifted to University Hospital in Louisville, where he was listed in critical condition Tuesday afternoon.

The southbound lanes of Dixie Highway were blocked for a good portion of the morning as police and railroad officials investigated.

Headden worked for Headden Septic and Environmental Services.

Company officials there had no comment.
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