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Two hospitalized following train accident in Harlan County

By: Erika Glover Email
By: Erika Glover Email

HARLAN Co., Ky. (WYMT) - Folks living in the Cawood Community of Harlan County say it was only a matter of time.

A father and his young son are recovering at two different Tennessee hospitals.

Both victims were in a vehicle that was hit by a train.

Chris Allen is captain of the Harlan County Rescue Squad.

What is left of the Nissan Frontier is at his towing service shop.

"It was a private road. They don't have no signals or markings on it," said Allen.

Allen is talking about a train accident on Adler Lane which left 44 year-old Rodney Bolin and his nine year old son in the hospital.

Allen says when the rescue squad arrived the driver's side was submerged in a ditch.

The only way to get the driver out was through the passenger side.

Van Allen Hensley lives up the hill and says when he got home he could not believe what he saw.

"As I come back from church the rescue squad had got them out and had them on the helicopter. The truck was still laying in the ditch," said Hensley.

Hensley says he ran into his house and grabbed his iPad.

"What was going through my mind, I was worried about the passenger. The little boy," said Hensley.

He says the lack of signals or markings is a safety concern.

"They blow as they go back out, but as they come through the tunnel they don't blow," said Hensley.

Allen says this vehicle is a harsh reminder that everyone needs to be more careful when crossing the tracks.

The driver was flown to the Holston Valley Medical Center.

The nine year-old is at the Johnson City Medical Center.

Their conditions have not been released.


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