As dawn broke on January 14, 2002, around 2:47 a.m., a train made its way from Russell Kentucky to Shelbiana, Kentucky. Unfortunately, the first two cars were severely damaged as they struck an unknown object hovering over the tracks that night.
According to one of the workers, his watch froze at precisely 2:47 a.m., causing the locomotive to go haywire. It slowly died as the brakes kicked in, and the locomotive came to a stop.
Seeing the lights coming from the bend near milepost 42, the Conductor noticed various animals and the wild kingdom in that area. The animals could hear the train whistle while approaching, warning them not to come on the tracks. In this case, the Conductor thought it best to turn off his lights not to blind the approaching train.
As they rounded around the corner, their onboard computer began to flash in and out. Then, finally, their speed recorder went nuts, and both locomotives died. The alarm bells began to ring when they saw it. Whatever was there, it was scanning the river for objects, looking for something. Then it approached the train, hovering about 12 feet above the track.
There were multiple-colored lights along the bottom of it and one in its middle, and the object was metallic silver; the thing had no windows, doors, or anything else opening. And it was huge like it was 18 to 20 feet in length and ten feet high. It looked creepy.
With both the engines dead as they rounded around the corner, the object was floating in the night sky. Then, finally, the train hit an object at 30 mph with 16,000 tons of coal in the next car. Then the things disappear and vanish into thin air.
After the impact, their emergency brakes had been activated by the loss of power. They slowed to a halt approximately a mile and a half to two miles away. Immediately after Jacksonville, Florida dispatcher learned of the problem, their power was restored. They repaired and restored the power after finding out what had happened.
They inspected the cars to see if they could still hold the rail and limp it back to milepost 60, no longer in service. It was found that the rear locomotive was destroyed and smoking. Two cars looked as if they had been struck by a giant hammer yet continued to drive on the tracks.