Kentucky State Police trooper Bryan Johnson said Robert Lawrence Simon III, 15, of Baxter, died from injuries sustained when he was struck by a train.
“Upon my arrival, it was discovered that two juveniles riding bicycles were trying to beat a train at the Murphy Lane crossing,” Johnson said. “One juvenile made it across and was not injured, however, the other was struck by the front of the locomotive of the CSX train. The child was thrown 50 feet, landing in a culvert.”
Johnson said personnel from LifeCare Ambulance Service responded and transported Simon to Harlan ARH Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
Simon had just completed his freshman year at James A. Cawood High School.
The 12-year-old child involved in a crash Friday at Putney has died from his injuries, according to a Post 10 press release.
Kentucky State Police trooper Rob Farley reported that Colin Bare, of Gray, Tenn., was operating a Yamaha Raptor 80cc ATV south on the shoulder of U.S. 119 when he made an abrupt left turn onto U.S. 119 into the path of a 2007 Ford F-150 operated by Timothy Branson, 40, of Loyall.
Farley said Branson said he swerved toward the center line to avoid a collision but was unable to. The front of the truck struck the left side of the ATV. The ATV then overturned several times, ejecting Bare. Branson’s truck came to a final rest off the northbound shoulder.
Bare was airlifted to Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn.
Scott Foster, a close friend to the family, said Bare died from his injuries at the medical center on Saturday.
“Colin is a dear friend and will be sorely missed by not only his family, but by all his friends as well,” Foster said. “Colin is now in heaven, praise the Lord for his salvation.”
Foster said if anyone would like to offer their sympathies by card or letter, his family may be reached at the following address: The Bare Family, 132 Bentwood Lane, Gray, TN. 37615
The Harlan County Rescue Squad and emergency responders were kept busy through Sunday with crashes and mountain rescues. During the time of the crash involving the train on Saturday, there was a motorcycle wreck at Black Joe and an ATV collision at Baileys Creek. A short time later there was another motorcycle wreck at Baxter on KY 413 a few yards from where the child was killed by a train.
The most serious besides the train collision seemed to be the ATV wreck at Baileys Creek.
Evarts City Police Chief Lupe Blas said Kenny Patterson, 53, of Corbin, was operating a 2004 Honda Foreman ATV with Kenny Patterson Jr., 9, as a passenger on Baileys Creek Road, when his front tire dropped off the road and he lost control. Blas said Patterson’s ATV went through a fence and struck a metal building. Patterson was airlifted to Holston Valley Medical Center with head injuries. The child sustained minor injuries and was transported to Harlan ARH Hospital.
Blas said the ATV riders were not wearing a helmet.
On Sunday, the Harlan County Rescue Squad responded to an ATV wreck in the mountains at Bobs Creek. It was reported that the person sustained chest injuries. The injured was airlifted from the top of Grays Knob mountain to Holston Valley Medical Center.
The rescue squad responded to another ATV crash Sunday in the mountains off of KY 221 near Bledsoe and Laden Trail. It was reported that two people were injured that included a child. The injured was airlifted near the scene to a hospital.
No other information was available on the Sunday crashes at press time.