The Pope Lick Monster, who reportedly lives under the train trestle and lures visitors to their death by crossing the tracks into oncoming trains, has struck again, this time killing Roquel Bain, 26, of Dayton, Ohio. She was in the city with her boyfriend and the two had booked a tour of Waverly Hills, an abandoned sanatorium in Louisville that many believe is haunted.
While they were there, the couple heard the legend of the Pope Lick Monster – a creature who looks like a cross between a man and a goat and lives under the Pope Lick trestle, next to the Fisherville neighborhood east of Louisville. The beast is rumored to hypnotize visitors and trick them into crossing the trestle, luring them to their death as they get hit by an oncoming train. Bain and her boyfriend went up the trestle on Saturday evening and were walking on it when a train arrived.
From the Daily Mail:
They realized they didn’t have time to make it to the other side and decided to hang off the structure’s sides, Arnold said according to KLTV.
Bain didn’t move fast enough and was stuck by the train, then fell 80 to 100 feet from the trestle.
She died of multiple blunt force injuries, the coroner said. Her boyfriend survived without injuries.
Officials believe they hadn’t consumed any alcohol or drugs.
The Louisville Metro Police Department’s homicide unit is investigating Bain’s death.
She worked as a surgical assistant according to a badge found in her purse, the Courier-Journal reported.
Many mistakenly believe the Pope Lick trestle is abandoned, but resident Michelle Burns told KLTV she sees trains crossing it every half hour.
‘If they’re halfway through and the train comes, you either have to jump, run or basically get it,’ resident Denise Harris added.
The train that hit Bain belonged to the Norfolk Southern Railway according to the network.