Fiery train wreck in Kentucky

A Pike County Emergency Management official said two crew members were initially trapped Thursday morning.
1:19 | 02/14/20

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to the fiery train crash and the dramatic rescue that followed in eastern Kentucky. The cargo train loaded with ethanol going off the rails. The engine plunging into the water. Crew members trapped inside. They were thrown into the river. Nearby homes evacuated as emergency crews battled the flames. And here's ABC's Steve osunsami tonight. Reporter: Witnesses who were recording the rescue on their cell phones about three hours east of Lexington, Kentucky, were worried the two train operators wouldn't survive. Come on guys, don't give up! Reporter: The two crew members were trapped in the middle of this growing fire after the train hit a rockslide, sending it tumbling into the big sandy river just before daylight. They're trapped on the nose of the engine in the river. Can't get back on the bank because of the fire that's spreading. Reporter: Help came quickly and saved their lives. This is just an absolutely massive blaze. Reporter: There is still a chemical spill to deal with. The train was carrying rail cars full of ethanol. Residents nearby were forced to leave their homes for a time today. Authorities let the fire burn itself out. That roaring that you can hear right now is actually coming from one of the rail cars that is still on fire. Reporter: The region has seen heavy rains for days, causing floods and rockslides. Federal authorities tonight are sending a team to investigation this crash. The two train operators escaped with minor injuries. David? All right, Steve, thank you.

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