Longtime Grayson County teacher killed in train collision

GRAYSON COUNTY, Ky (WKYT/WDRB) - The family of 63-year-old Phyllis Minton says they want to see something done.

The longtime educator was killed Friday afternoon while crossing train tracks on Blackrock Drive in Grayson County.

Her car was hit by that train and the coroner pronounced her dead at the scene.

Her son-in-law said the crossing is dangerous for several reasons. There's a hill approaching it, trees block the view of the train, and there's no safety arms or flashing lights. He also said at the time of the crash the sun would have been shining in her eyes.

Her family wants to see some safety features put in place.

"I think something needs to be done now, especially, if nothing else for the benefit of everyone else that's still here," Randy Pennington said.

Minton's death wasn't just a big loss for her family. The principal of Grayson County High schools, Josh Baldwin, said she had affected thousands of students.

"She was the ultimate professional educator. We have lost a true pillar of our community," he said.

Her funeral is planned for Wednesday.

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