LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - A teenager died after being hit by a train in Louisville.
The incident was reported around 9:30 p.m. Sunday from Taylorsville and Pope Lick Road, according to LMPD.
Police said one teenager, a female, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Another female teenager was also injured. She was rushed to a local hospital with serious injuries.
Neither of the teens have been identified.
The area is notoriously dangerous. It’s said to be the home of the alleged “Pope Lick Monster." The Louisville folklore of a creature that’s part man, part goat has drawn people to the area for years.
There have been a number of deaths and accidents at this trestle since it’s construction. The most recent was when a train hit and killed a woman from Ohio in 2016. But there are signs telling those in the area to keep out.
The Norfolk Southern train was operating in general freight service at the time of the incident, according to the corporation, and was en route to St. Louis.
“Norfolk Southern reminds the public that it is extremely dangerous and also trespassing to walk on or within the right-of-way of railroad tracks,” Norfolk said in a statement to WAVE 3 News. “People should cross tracks only at designated crossings and use extreme caution. Norfolk Southern extends its condolences to everyone affected by this tragic incident.”
The train corporation also said they are cooperating with the investigation.
“I’ve heard things happen before on this bridge,” Doug Harville, who sometimes walks at the Parklands with his parents, said. “I mean it just shows you even more you need to not mess with train tracks at all.”
Jessica Feder is with Operation Lifesaver, a national rail safety organization.
“I hate to hear that something like that happened but it could have been prevented,” Feder said.
According to the Federal Railroad Administration, in 2018 in Kentucky 10 people died while trespassing on train tracks and 16 were injured.
“It takes a train a mile or more to stop for anything and that’s the minimum that it takes for a train to stop so by the time they see you it’s too late,” Feder said.
Feder added, the train crew are victims in this as well. “Something like a trestle like that, you have nowhere to go but jump so something is going to happen,” Feder said. “They usually have time off for a few days, some psychological counseling, and sometimes train crew members never come back to work because they never get over it… I mean that’s the last thing they saw was hitting and killing someone so it’s very, very traumatic for them too.”