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LEHI GIRL INJURED WHEN HORSE BUCKS HER INTO SIDE OF TRAIN

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A 12-year-old Lehi girl received injuries to her legs, back and head when she was bucked off a horse and struck the side of a passing train near the Lehi rodeo grounds on Thursday.

A Utah County Sheriff's dispatcher said Malesha Ferguson had stopped her horse at a railroad crossing at Fifth North and Third West about 7:30 p.m. to wait for a train to pass. When the train blew its whistle, the horse began to buck, tossing her against the train about 80 feet from the intersection.After throwing Ferguson, the horse ran alongside the train for about 1,500 feet before lunging into the side of the train. The horse was killed instantly.

Ferguson was unconscious at the scene. She was taken to American Fork Hospital where she regained consciousness before being flown to Primary Children's Hospital, where she was in serious condition late Friday.

The tracks had a posted speed of 40 mph, but officials weren't sure how fast the passing train was traveling. The engineer was unaware of the accident until notified by a dispatcher in Salt Lake City.