Bullet hits train engineer's window

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

By Clint Confehr

Senior Staff Writer

A northbound freight train was struck by a bullet Sunday afternoon and the engineer stopped the train near Hobo Shaw Road at Cornersville, authorities said Monday.

The bullet came from the U.S. 31A side of the tracks and broke the first pane of a double-paned glass window on the right side of the engineer's cab, Sheriff Norman Dalton said.

No one was injured.

Each pane of the engineer's cab window is two inches thick, Dalton said. The inside pane wasn't broken. It was unclear what type of bullet or what kind of gun was used.

Deputies Freddy Darnell and Doug McBay responded to a call about the train shooting, and Detective Bob Johnson is continuing the investigation, the sheriff said.

CSX Communications Director Carla Groleau said the train was traveling from Birmingham to Nashville with mixed cargo, including 108 vehicles.

The train was hit at about 4:30 p.m., Groleau said from her office in Jacksonville, Fla.

"Trains were stopped in that area, perhaps up to a full hour, and resumed after 5 p.m.," she said.

CSX officials are working with the sheriff's department.

"We will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law," Groleau said. "If anyone saw anything, please reach out."