LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – An Ohio woman walking on an old but still active railroad trestle in east Louisville was apparently investigating a local urban legend with her boyfriend when she was hit and killed by a train, a deputy coroner said Sunday.
Roquel Bain, 26, of Dayton, Ohio, died of multiple blunt force injuries suffered in the collision and subsequent fall from the trestle, Deputy Coroner Jack Arnold said. The collision, which occurred near the 3100 block of South Pope Lick Road, was first reported to police at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Bain was pronounced dead at the scene. The coroner estimated that she fell between 80 and 100 feet. Her boyfriend survived with no injuries, police say.
Arnold said Bain and her boyfriend were visiting Louisville to take a “haunted” tour of the Waverly Hills Sanitorium. Before their tour started, they heard about the “Pope Lick Monster” myth. Curious, the two made their way up to the train tracks when the train surprised them, the man told the coroner. The man said that the two realized they couldn’t make it to the end of the trestle so they decided to hang off the sides, but Bain couldn’t move fast enough.