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Sister of train crash victim reacts to tragedy

Police say a woman has died in a crash involving a train and a truck.

The crash happened around 11 Wednesday morning on Mayde Road in Berea. That's in the Berea Industrial Park, not far from I-75 exit 77.

The coroner has identified the victim as 21-year-old Hillary Hadley.

Police say the truck was hit by an oncoming 94 car train.

Police say Hadley, who was the only person in the truck, was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene.

Jimmy Canada who works nearby says he may have been one of the last people to see Hadley alive.

Canada says the Sherwin Williams employee had just dropped off paint at Canada's plant.

"I don't think this was a person familiar with the area. They may have been distracted but I cant say that for sure."

Investigators say they may never know exactly why Hadley may have crossed the tracks.

There are no crossing bars at the particular crossing where the crash happened.

Hannah Hadley can remember when her sister Hillary was born, but she didn't think she'd have to see this day. "I never could have imagined what it would be like, and I mean, I'm going to miss her more than I could ever express," Hannah Hadley said.

The 21-year-old Eastern Kentucky University student died after a train crashed into the truck she was driving. As friends and family members received the news, they began sharing photos to remember Hillary. "She was just a really good person, you know, to her core, and she was always happy, and she was in love," Hadley said.

Hillary would have been a senior at EKU this Fall semester, and she was already planning a career in nutrition working with pregnant mothers.

Despite the sudden loss, Hillary's loved ones say they're grateful for the time they had together. Her sister remembers a moment just before Hillary was born when the family was looking for a church. "As we were leaving, the priest stopped and was talking to Mom and Dad and noticed that she was pregnant," Hannah Hadley said, "She was like eight months along, and he said, may I bless your baby? And she thought, yeah, that's a great idea. So he brought out his holy water, and he said a little prayer over her, so she's been blessed since the beginning."


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