2 injured when pickup hits stopped train at Versailles crossing

gkocher1@herald-leader.comDecember 9, 2011 

Two people were injured early Friday when a pickup truck ran into a stopped train at a railroad crossing in Versailles. The crash caused the U.S. 60 bypass to be closed to traffic for four hours, Versailles police said.

Marion "Ace" Wilson, 72, of Versailles was taken to University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington, police said. Wilson was driving with his wife, Mary, 78, who also was taken to UK hospital. Marion Wilson was listed in fair condition, and his wife was listed in critical condition, a UK spokeswoman said.

The train was across all four lanes of the bypass when the crash happened a little after 2 a.m. at the crossing near the Kuhlman Electric Corp. building, Versailles Police Lt. Daniel Clark said. The crossing has no gate, and the flashing crossing signals were not working at the time, Clark said.

"It's dark out there. There are no road lights, street lights, highway lights out there," Clark said.

Marion Wilson, a delivery carrier for the Lexington Herald-Leader, was driving eastbound on the bypass, Clark said. He might have been driving to Lexington to pick up his papers, Clark said.

"We do not suspect alcohol or drugs," he said.

Clark said he could not remember any other train-vehicle collisions at the crossing.

The bypass reopened about 6 a.m. Friday.

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