The Unexplained: Did a UFO really crash into a train?
July 18, 2020
The crews saw strange lights hovering over their dark locomotive, and these strange lights reflected off of nearby river water.
On a cold night in 2002, a CSX train pulling 16,000 tons of coal and freight was making its way from Russell to Shelbiana. It was rolling along next to a solid rock bluff when the conductor saw a string of eerie lights up ahead, around the bend. He assumed it was an off-schedule train approaching on the parallel track so he flashed his lights and signals.
All of a sudden the electricity went out on his own train, causing automatic braking. There was an oncoming train and it had the same electrical blackout. The automatic braking took two miles to stop the engines because of the weights of loads.
Both diesel engines stopped at the same time near Paintsville. The crews saw strange lights hovering over their dark locomotives, and these strange lights reflected off of nearby river water. The lights were coming from metallic objects in the air. The objects appeared to have searchlights on them.
As the giant locomotive had been grinding to a halt over a two-mile distance, one of the engines actually struck a UFO. The impact peeled pieces off of the train and the damage is recorded in photographs.
The crew phoned the incident into the Jackson train yard. They were instructed to bring their damaged engine into the yard. When the crew was on the way to be interviewed by authorities, they were intercepted by a team of what is known in UFO circles as Men in Black. The Men in Black grilled them, then, mysteriously disappeared.
The crew members were sent to work elsewhere and the curious public was told that there was a rock-slide incident on the track.
Whenever there is a spate of UFO sightings, there are usually some juicy reports coming in from Kentucky and Tennessee. In 2017 there were several reports coming from the Big Bone Lick area in northern Kentucky.
It is outside of The Bluegrass Triangle in northernmost Boone County. Several witnesses reported strange events and there are two photos of UFOs from those sightings. Big Bone is named for the Pleistocene megafauna that has been found fossilized in the area. It is thought that ancient mammoths were drawn to the area because of natural salt licks found near Sulphur Springs.
It is still a claim of many that a UFO did hit and damage the train at Paintsville. The little town was named for the nearby Paint Creek. Paintsville was where a large part of Coalminer’s Daughter was filmed—also Kentucky Woman, 1983, and Passenger Pigeons, 2010.
Although Paintsville and Big Bone Lick are just outside the Bluegrass Triangle, I have a feeling that The Bluegrass Triangle will enlarge over time, to take in more area, as other reports come in. That seems to be what happened to The Bermuda Triangle. It enlarged to take in more events.
A site about Appalachia recently whizzed by on the social media feed. It went by so fast, I almost missed it. I hunted it down and clicked—to see if I could find the image that had caught my eye. I was lucky.
There it was: an old black and white illustration for something called The Bluegrass Triangle. I zoomed in closer. It was a drawn triangle hovering over the center of the state of Kentucky. A little off the middle of the triangle were the dots of Lexington and Irvine.
I have been reading about outer space since I was in grade school—everything I could get my hands on. I am entranced by the subject. In all my reading I have never heard of The Bluegrass Triangle—until now.
It seems that the area inside the imaginary triangle has had a large amount of UFO activity. I read the forty-year-old articles connected with the triangle map illustration. It was about a UFO Blitz that had occurred in 1978.
The old clippings had photos of eyewitnesses and a blurry Polaroid of a UFO taken by one of them. If you root around on the subject you can find these same images. Many of the witnesses are credible, including several in law enforcement.
During the 1978 UFO Blitz, Madison County firemen were called by several excited people to put out a grass fire. This grassfire turned out to actually be a glowing UFO. The firemen gave chase for an hour when the object took off. During the chase, they were able to make out that the object had a classic saucer shape. Witness, Terry K. got a photo of it with a Polaroid camera.
A preacher and his wife encountered it on the way to their Sunday night service. It was huge with too many lights to count. In Irvine, there were over 20 solid citizens with similar experiences, including a state trooper. The trooper had years of Navy air force experience and he said what they were viewing were like nothing in existence.
Witnesses reported seeing eerie lights of red, white, green, and blue. Over the years, many witnesses have wondered if the nearby Blue Grass Army Depot could be the source of some top-secret operations, much like Hangar 18.
Sara Marie Hogg is the author of Quite Curious, a collection of true stories about the unknown and unexplained. Please click HERE to find the book on Amazon.