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Man dies after car hit by train

A Kentucky man is dead after his stranded car was struck by a train early Sunday morning in Ironton.

Monday, February 11, 2002

A Kentucky man is dead after his stranded car was struck by a train early Sunday morning in Ironton.

Capt. Chris Bowman, a detective with the Ironton Police Department said, James L. Wimberley, 31, of Wurtland, Ky., was attempting to cross the Jefferson St. railroad crossing when his vehicle, a 1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue, left the roadway and became stuck in the railroad tracks at about 1 a.m. Sunday.

A train struck the automobile, Bowman said, at about 43 miles per hour, pushing the car 131 feet from the point of impact.

Bowman said Wimberley was dead when emergency crews arrived. In addition to IPD, deputies from the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, firemen from the Ironton Fire Department, officers from the Coal Grove Police Department, ambulance crews from SEOEMS, and county coroner, Burton Payne, was on the scene.

Bowman said the incident remains under investigation.