A Hopkinsville man is dead after being hit by a train in the city last night while sitting down on the tracks—though police do not believe it was suicide.
The incident happened about five minutes before midnight near Parrish Place, though there wasn’t an actual railroad crossing in the immediate area.
The police report says the CSX train was traveling northbound on the railroad tracks between Woodmill Dr. and East 21st St. and that 34-year old Corey Majors of Hopkinsville was “doubled over” sitting on the tracks.
The train conductor, 35-year old Curtis Bryant, said Majors did not react to the train’s horn and that he never even lifted his head. Majors was pronounced dead on the scene from his injuries.
It was the second time in two weeks that a train was involved in an accident in Christian County, with no one injured March 29th when a tractor-trailer was struck as the driver attempted to cross on S. Main St. in Pembroke and didn’t make it.
Only the very back of the trailer was hit that time and the main result was heavy damage to the trailer and crossing gates—but no injuries.
Hopkinsville Police say the same crew was on board the train in last night’s incident that manned the engine in the Pembroke collision, though neither incident was the fault of the train conductor.
Officers say Bryant and the crew were visibly upset over last night’s fatal incident.
A young Central City woman was air-lifted to Evansville after a single-vehicle wreck in Muhlenberg County Friday night.
The report from Kentucky State Police says the incident happened on KY 181, a few miles north of the Western Kentucky Parkway.
19-year old Pamela Soderling of Central City was northbound when she ran off the left side of the road, over-corrected and ran off the other side of the road and into a tree.
Ms. Soderling was taken by Air-Evac helicopter to Deaconness Hospital in Evansville for treatment of her injuries. KSP was assisted on the scene by Muhlenberg County EMS and the Bremen Volunteer Fire Department.
Today, of course, is Easter Sunday and hundreds of local children enjoyed their holiday weekend yesterday morning at Tie-Breaker Park for the annual WHOP’er of an Egg Hunt.
Hosted by the WHOP family of stations and the Hopkinsville Recreation Department, the annual egg hunt only lasted a few minutes before children from all of the different age groups over-took eight fields to clear them of all eggs and goodies.
The grand prize winner was 4-year old Brayden Cardwell, who found the egg worth $98.70 and a savings bank to put it in courtesy of Herb Hays Furniture.
The weather was nearly perfect for the event, with only a little nip in the air to remind children and adults alike that it is still, indeed early spring.
The man and woman accused of killing a nine month old baby in Oak Grove Tuesday will be charged with murder.
Kentucky State Police spokesman Trooper Stu Recke says 9-month old Jack Stark was being cared for by his aunt and uncle—27-year old Christopher Leutwyler and 27-year old Joni Leutwyler—while his parents were out of town.
Trooper Recke says Stark was found unresponsive at the Leutwylers’ Oak Grove home Tuesday night and the investigation led to their arrest Thursday.
The baby died from his injuries at Vanderbilt Children’s Medical Center late Thursday night and the couple’s charges will be increased from child abuse to murder.
Both suspects are lodged in the Christian County Jail on $150,000 bond. The investigation continues by Kentucky State Police Detective Lloyd Ray.
Officials with the Christian County School district are encouraging local residents to be apart of history and help North Drive Middle School students re-create the Battle of Gettysburg.
The North Drive Middle School History Club is asking for monetary donations to go towards purchasing items for the re-enactment of General Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg.
The reenactment is scheduled to take place Saturday, April 21st at Jefferson Davis State Park and will kick-off at noon.
Admission is free and concessions will be available on site and for residents interested in donating to the re-enactment, contact North Drive Middle School at 270-887-7150.