New rail load-out facility causes community concern

New rail load-out facility causes community concern

GIBSON CO., IN (WFIE) - Indiana State Police reported Thursday on the number of fatalities on a specific stretch of Gibson County road.

Trooper Todd Ringle said last year, there was one deadly crash on State Road 64 near the Duke Energy Power Plant.

Ringle explained so far this year, six people have died in crashes along the same stretch.

That stretch is the same area where drivers will soon see more coal trucks. Sunrise Coal is building a new rail load-out facility just east of  Duke Energy's Power Plant, and people in the community are concerned.

Commissioners said this new facility is going to bring hundreds of coal trucks up and down highway 64.

Gibson County Commissioners said they didn't know about the facility where trucks will pick up coal until they had to approve drainage plans for the site.

Commissioner Steve Bottoms said people have been calling him. He explained callers are worried extra coal trucks on the highway will lead to more accidents.

"Recently, we just had a terrible accident there on that section of Indiana 64," added Bottoms.

Bottoms said they have reached out to INDOT to improve the condition of Indiana 64.

He said he's confident the state will do what it can to help including the possibility of adding a turn lane for additional safety.

We have called out to both INDOT and Sunrise Coal to learn more about the project and its effect on I-64 but have not heard back.

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