Railroad owner R.J. "Rick" Corman died Friday after a long battle with blood cancer. He was 58.
Company spokesman Noel Rush said Corman died about 11 a.m. at his home in Nicholasville, the Herald-Leader reported. Rush said the company's officials would have a statement later.
Corman was diagnosed in 2001 with multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer that attacks plasma cells in bone marrow.
Founder and sole owner of R.J. Corman Railroad Group, Corman helmed the business since the founding of the first company in 1973. Beginning in Nicholasville, with a railroad construction company and then expanding into a diversified railroad service provider, the company now operates in more than 21 states.