UPDATE: Investigation continues into Alabama train collision

Two train engines collided near the Alabama/Mississippi state line.

Posted: Dec 29, 2017 1:18 PM
Updated: Dec 29, 2017 8:25 PM

PICKENS COUNTY, Ala. (WTVA) - Two train engines collided near the Alabama/Mississippi state line sending several people to the hospital. 

Pickens County Sheriff David Abston says the collision happened around 4:30 p.m. Thursday near Wright Drive and Lock and Dam Road in Pickensville, Alabama.

Four people were injured and three were airlifted to a hospital, according to Abston. 

The extent of their injuries is unknown at this time, but those injured were workers on the train. One of those injured was treated and released from medical treatment Thursday night. One of those injured was identified by family and friends as Tony Coxey of Monroe County. He's currently at the University of Alabama-Birmingham hospital receiving treatment.

The collision happened just feet from homes on Wright Drive, but those who live there were fine.

Jim Irvin with Alabama & Gulf Coast Railway says the reason for the two engines to collide is still not known. He says the trains have recorders and investigators will download and analyze them later. 

The engines will be cleared Friday afternoon.

Irvin says it's not likely the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the incident.

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