Man hit and killed by train in Valley Station area - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Man hit and killed by train in Valley Station area

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Donald "Donnie" R. Carrier Donald "Donnie" R. Carrier
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police say that one person has died after being hit by a train in the Valley Station area.

Police say Donald "Donnie" R. Carrier, 46, was walking on the tracks at a railroad trestle over Pond Creek, east of the interchange between Dixie Highway and the Gene Snyder Freeway, when he was struck.

Family and friends at the apartment complex where Carrier lived say he was walking back from a fishing trip with neighborhood friends when he was hit.

"We talked, laughed, and joked around while we were fishing," said Barry Huellet who was fishing with Carrier less than 30 minutes before he was hit. "After a while, he said 'I'm ready to go, I'm going to get the dog home.'"

Police say they responded to the accident around 4 p.m. Monday. The man was found in the creek just below the railroad trestle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A man claiming to be the victim's cousin said he was alerted to the tragedy thanks to the man's dog, who was with him on the fishing trip.

"His dog had coming running to my apartment door scratching the door, yelping," said Billy Mitchell. A neighbor then came running over to confirm his fears and alert him to the accident. "I immediately put my shoes on and started running to the scene."

Police said they did not know if the train had horns or sirens blaring at the time of the accident. Mitchell said he doesn't believe his cousin heard the train coming.

"From what I heard, the horn on the train was blaring loud, and he acted like it wasn't even there and just got hit head on," said Mitchell.

Carrier's dog, a 1-year-old pitbull named "Red," was injured in the accident. He was turned over to Metro Animal Services.

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