Train derailment causes explosion, prompts evacuations

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(PRINCETON, Ind.) — A freight train derailment in Indiana on Sunday caused a loud explosion and calls for mandatory evacuations in the area.The Gibson County Sheriff’s Office and emergency service personnel issued a mandatory resident evacuation within a one mile radius in Princeton, Indiana, on Sunday evening following the train derailment and explosion.According to the Gibson County Sheriff, at approximately 7:19 p.m. local time Gibson County Central Dispatch received numerous 911 calls regarding a train derailment and explosion in the area of Old US 41 and Caniff Trailer Court.No one was injured in the derailment, but a large fire sent thick, black smoke high into the sky.Emergency responders conducted door-to-door evacuation announcements.CSX Corporation, which operated the train, said the train had two locomotives, 89 loaded railcars and nine empty railcars. The loaded cars were carrying propane, CSX said.“CSX is working closely with local firefighters and other first responders to assess the situation, and the safety of the community and everyone on site is our top priority as we develop a recovery plan,” CSX said in a statement.Residents displaced by the explosion were directed to seek shelter at the Gibson County Fairgrounds Toyota Events Center.The Gibson County Sheriff’s Office and Indiana State Police said it will release more information as it is available.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Slain Alabama police officer identified, suspected gunman may face death penalty: Officials

first_imgkali9/iStock(AUBURN, Ala.) — A former military man is in custody for allegedly gunning down an Auburn, Ala., police officer and wounding two other officers, authorities said.Grady Wayne Wilkes, 29, was arrested Monday morning after an overnight manhunt, said Auburn Police Chief Paul Register.Wilkes allegedly fired at three officers when they responded to a “domestic disturbance” at the Arrowhead mobile home park Sunday night.The shooting killed officer William Buechner who had been with the department for 13 years, said Register.The two injured officers — Webb Sistrunk and Evan Elliott — are expected to recover, Register said.The chief said this is the first time an Auburn officer has been killed during his 31 years at the department.“This is probably the worst day of my time here. Words cannot express the loss,” the chief said. “We’re just trying to be there with our officers and those families right now.”Wilkes is charged with capital murder, three counts of attempted murder and second-degree domestic violence, authorities said. Prosecutors said they plan to pursue the death penalty.Wilkes, who had been in the military for a number of years, had no run-ins with local police until the Sunday night shooting, said Register. The chief did not elaborate on Wilkes’ military service.Forty-three officers have died in the line of duty this year, down 34 percent from the same time period last year, according to the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund.“Three courageous young men … went to protect us,” Auburn Mayor Ron Anders said at a news conference. “We’re very sorry that we have lost an officer in the line of duty. To his family, we are here with you. We will not leave you and we will stand beside you to help you get through this.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more