Woman injured after train hits ATV

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

AUXIER, Ky. (WYMT) - A Floyd County woman and child were sent to the hospital Wednesday night after a train hit their ATV.

It happened just before 8 o'clock on the train tracks in Auxier.

"We received a call of a train versus a four wheeler at a private crossing at Auxier Road," said Deputy Ralph Frasure.

Vanessa Butcher was driving with a 12-year-old passenger on the back.

"The four wheeler apparently stalled out on the tracks. She was trying to get the four wheeler out and didn't do it in time and was struck," said Frasure.

The child jumped off the ATV before the train hit, but Butcher was hit injuring her left arm and left leg.

Several neighbors say it is not uncommon to see ATVs riding up and down the train tracks. They say this is just an example of how careful you need to be.

Officials say Butcher was lucky her injuries were not worse.

"Usually when a train hits somebody they have more severe injuries. She was very lucky," said Frasure.

They say the 12-year-old child was smart to jump off when he saw the train coming.

The child was taken to Highlands Regional Medical Center and released last night with no injuries.

Butcher was flown to Cabell-Huntington. She was in stable condition Thursday afternoon.


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