Family grieving Henryville children killed in train crash
HENRYVILLE, IN (WAVE) - Family members identified 5-year-old Adalynn Fouch and 4-year-old Wyatt Fouch as the two children killed in a train crash Wednesday afternoon.
Their mother, Ericka Fouch, also was injured and is still in the hospital, but expected to survive.
Wyatt's and Adalynn's great-grandmother, Jeanne McReynolds, said the two children were the babies of the family.
"They were just sweet little babies," McReynolds said. "They were our babies. That's what we called them."
She said big sister Adalynn was turning six in December and was always an explorer.
"She was a rock collector," McReynolds said. "She'd say granny look at this."
Wyatt was the boy the Fouch family had always hoped for.
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"We're from a family of all girls so we prayed for him, and we got him," McReynolds said. "We just didn't get to keep him very long,"
The Fouch children were in an SUV with their mother when they were struck by a CSX train heading from Louisville to Cincinnati.
"I've seen people hurt, but nothing tops this," said their grandfather
The power of the train ripped the car in half, killing the children instantly, first responders said.
As crews repaired the crossing gate on Thursday, the Indiana Department of Transportation may consider adding something the community in Henryville has been asking for -- a gate.
"We will be looking very, very closely at this crossing to see if crossing arms need to be put in," Indiana DOT spokesman Harry Maginity said.
With more than two accidents in five years, this crossing now qualifies for a case study by the Indiana DOT. Until then, Henryville is standing with the Fouch family.
"We're together with you, we love you and we grieve with you," Henryville community church pastor Denny Dillman said.
Dillman is helping to organize community efforts to support the Fouch family.
"As you can imagine, it's a pastor's worst phone call," Dillman said. "There are no words that make this better."
A Go Fund Me page has been set up for the family here.
Community members have organized a candlelight vigil to honor the memories of Wyatt and Adalynn Fouch. It will be Friday night at 7 p.m. in Henryville at 201 East Main Street.
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