Pope Lick fatal train ax

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A teen was killed and another seriously injured when they were hit by a train near Pope Lick Park Sunday night.

Officers responded to a report of two pedestrians hit by a train at the old train trestle on Taylorsville Road and South Pope Lick Road around 9:30 p.m., according to LMPD Spokesperson Dwight Mitchell.

Mitchell says it is believed two teen females were on the train trestle when they were hit by a Norfolk Southern train.

One of the teens was pronounced dead at the scene. The other was transported to the hospital in serious condition. Their exact ages are unclear, and their identities have not been released.

LMPD's Major Crimes unit will handle the investigation.

On Monday afternoon, Norfolk Southern, the transportation company that operated the train, issued a statement. It said, in part, that the train was bound for St. Louis and company personnel were cooperating with law enforcement.

"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," it said. "People should cross tracks only at designated crossings and use extreme caution."

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