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12 April 2024

2-year-old with dog hit by train, dies

There were no injuries among the train's 51 passengers and crew. (Reuters)


A 2-year-old western Kentucky boy who was wandering around with a dog a couple of blocks from home has died after they both were hit by a train.

Police spokesman Paul Ray in Hopkinsville said Trayton Joiner was pronounced dead Monday morning shortly after arriving at a local hospital.

The CSX train's engineer contacted police. Ray said when officers arrived, they had to go door to door to find the child's home. Ray said the boy's mother was located and taken to the hospital where her son was being treated.

Ray said police are still trying to determine why the child was by himself and don't know if the boy may have been following the dog.

Ray said the dog was hurt and is being treated by an animal clinic.