(Avonstoke, Kentucky – September 5, 2011)
A 20-year-old football player at Georgetown (KY) College was injured Monday morning about 11:00 A.M. when the pickup truck he was driving was struck by a Norfolk Southern freight train hauling tank cars of bio-fuel at a dangerous, unguarded private crossing in the small Anderson County, KY community of Avonstoke.
Brock Messina suffered cuts and bruises at the crossing where a nearby resident Matthew Snedekeo said that “There’s no guardrail or anything.” The crossing lacks any signage whatsoever, and the victim never saw the train coming.
The railroad parallels Avonstoke Road, and the train struck the front wheel of the victim’s vehicle, causing the pickup truck to spin, flip over, and land in a ditch. Messina was taken to Frankfort Regional Medical Center for treatment of his injuries, which should not force him to miss any games.