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  • 22 July 2014, 19:19

Fireball As Train Slams Into Tractor-Trailer

CCTV cameras have captured the moment a freight train slammed into a tractor-trailer hauling lighter fluid, setting off a chain of explosions.

Fire and smoke could be seen for miles after the collision, Sheriff's deputies in Pulaski County, Kentucky, told WKYT-TV.

Chief Doug Baker, of Somerset-Pulaski Special Response, said: "We had multiple fires, multiple explosions.

"When I arrived on scene, there was fire probably 75 to 100 yards down both sides of the tracks and 35 to 40ft in the air."

The driver of the tractor-trailer, 27-year-old Viktor Kalchenia, was taken to hospital where he is listed in stable condition.

No one on the train was hurt.

Surveillance cameras at a nearby fertiliser plant captured the collision on Friday.

Footage shows the speeding train narrowly missing the truck's cab, slamming into the trailer filled with charcoal lighter fluid. The impact sent a fireball into the air.

Investigators believe the driver was focused on watching his trailer in his mirrors after he missed a portion of a turn.

The footage did not appear to show a warning signal at the crossing, which leads to an entrance at the Warner Fertilizer Plant near Somerset.

Mr Kalchenia's wife told WKYT that he underwent surgery on Monday and is scheduled for another procedure on Friday. She did not give further detail of his injuries.

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