Ohio woman dies after hit by train while seeking 'goatman' creature
LOUISVILLE, KY - An Ohio woman was killed as she walked on an aging but still active railroad trestle while apparently investigating a local urban legend with her boyfriend last weekend.
The local coroner says 26-year-old Roquel Bain died of multiple blunt force injuries suffered during the collision and a subsequent fall from the rails. The collision was first reported by police at 7:30 Saturday night.
The coroner pronounced Bain dead at the scene after what is estimated to be a fall of between 80 to 100 feet. Her boyfriend was able to survive with no injuries, according to police.
The coroner said Bain and her boyfriend were visiting Louisville to take a “haunted” tour of a closed sanitarium. Prior to their tour, the couple heard about the “Pope Lick Monster” myth. Spurred by curiosity, the twosome made their way to the train tracks, but they were surprised when a train appeared. The woman’s boyfriend said they realized they couldn’t make it to the end of the trestle, so they decided to hang off the sides. Bain couldn’t move fast enough.
WAVE-TV says many thrill-seekers have mistakenly assumed the trestle is no longer in use. Drawn by stories of a creature that is apparently half-goat and half-man, large numbers have been tricked into climbing onto the rails.
Residents in the area say the myth has taken several lives over the past few decades.
"It's been around for years, even my nieces and nephews used to go and come out here," Denise Harris said.
“The Goatman” is supposed to appear after adventurers cross the treacherous trestle.
"If they're halfway through [the tracks] and the train comes, you either have to jump, run or basically get it," Harris said. She also added many people think they can outrun the trains that come by.
A chained fence and warning signs have proven largely ineffective at keeping people away from the tracks.
Local police are handling the investigation. Funeral arrangements for Bain will take place in Dayton, Ohio.