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Teenagers struck by train, one severely injured near Dry Ridge

Posted at 7:37 PM, Mar 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-07 13:19:11-05

DRY RIDGE, Ky. — A pair of teenage girls were hospitalized Wednesday afternoon after being struck by a train, leaving one of them so severely injured she needed to be airlifted from the scene.

The girls, ages 17 and 18, had been walking on the railroad right-of-way near the intersection of Needham Lane and US-25 when a Norfolk Southern train was approaching, Kentucky State Police said in a news release Thursday. The 18-year-old attempted to move out of the way and fell down an embankment, suffering minor injuries. The 17-year-old was unable to get completely clear of the train and was struck.

The 17-year-old suffered life-threatening injuries, troopers said. Trooper Isaiah Hill used a tourniquet to control her bleeding. She was then flown to University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Trooper Charles Loudermilk said.

The other girl was transported via ambulance to Grant County St. Elizabeth, Loudermilk said.

State police continued to investigate the circumstances behind the collision.