Teen Killed by Train While Talking on Cell Phone

A 17-year-old girl was stuck and killed by an Amtrak train as she walked across the tracks while on her cell phone Monday. Full Story
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DMS

Columbia, SC

#1 Apr 23, 2008
.....and while WALKING, not DRIVING!!!!

Condolences to her family.
Joker

Alviso, CA

#3 Apr 23, 2008
L-A-W-S-U-I-T...WHOA time to get paid!!!!

BWG

“Cogito ergo sum”

Since: May 07

Irmo

#4 Apr 23, 2008
This is one of those: There has got to be more to the story kind of things. What could she have been talking about that could have distracted her to the point of ignoring the danger around her? Suicide? Intoxication? Mental illiness? This defies any other logical explaination. What a tragic waste of human life.

Since: Sep 07

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#5 Apr 23, 2008
"Sorry I cannot hear on the phone for this train whistle."
Justice

AOL

#6 Apr 23, 2008
Was calling God at the time
miniature horse owner

Elgin, SC

#7 Apr 23, 2008
Joker wrote:
L-A-W-S-U-I-T...WHOA time to get paid!!!!
nope she was trespassing so no money for this family u need to now the laws before u start talking
Sportcat

Anderson, SC

#8 Apr 23, 2008
I hope the conductor is okay.
BDeRoysux

Columbia, SC

#9 Apr 23, 2008
Can you hear me now???
IRATE

United States

#10 Apr 23, 2008
BWG wrote:
This is one of those: There has got to be more to the story kind of things. What could she have been talking about that could have distracted her to the point of ignoring the danger around her? Suicide? Intoxication? Mental illiness? This defies any other logical explaination. What a tragic waste of human life.
I couldn't agree with you more....How can u not hear a train coming?? Especially if she was not in a car!!
nay nay 29

United States

#11 Apr 23, 2008
This is a very sad tragic accident. My prayers are with the family of the young woman who was killed.

Since: Mar 08

Sumter, SC

#12 Apr 23, 2008
BWG wrote:
This is one of those: There has got to be more to the story kind of things. What could she have been talking about that could have distracted her to the point of ignoring the danger around her? Suicide? Intoxication? Mental illiness? This defies any other logical explaination. What a tragic waste of human life.
I absolutely agree.. otherwise, why would someone cross railroad tracks without even paying attention or looking both ways. If you've got any practical common sense you know better than to blindly step in the potential path of an amtrak. Seriously... so very preventable.

Since: Mar 08

Sumter, SC

#13 Apr 23, 2008
Besides, what's with all these stupid kids playing around the train tracks lately?? Wasn't it just recently a college student got killed after jumping on top of one. I'm sorry to be so blunt.. but these tragedies are the result of utter ignorance.
Maggiepoo

Savannah, GA

#14 Apr 23, 2008
Contrary to popular belief, talking on your cell phone is very distracting for many people. You can become so enthralled with the conversation, that you are oblivious to what is going on around you. I have seen people driving at aa normal speed...then they start slowing down to a crawl...you pass them (if you can) and low an behold there is a phone to their ear. I have spoken with many people who have confessed "not remembering getting from point A to point B while talking on their cell phone" and driving the car. You'd have to be deaf, dumb and blind not to realize that cell phone use is a major distraction.
Puff

Lexington, SC

#15 Apr 23, 2008
BWG wrote:
This is one of those: There has got to be more to the story kind of things. What could she have been talking about that could have distracted her to the point of ignoring the danger around her? Suicide? Intoxication? Mental illiness? This defies any other logical explaination. What a tragic waste of human life.
The same kind of distractions that you see every time you get into a car and "try" to drive down the road, from Point A to Point B, without killing yourself. Drivers with cell phone in one hand, eating/putting on makeup with the other hand, cigarette hanging out of the mouth, driving with their knees, balancing their checkbook, reading the newspaper, drinking coffee, music blasting out other sounds around them, etc. Probably the case here. I think cell phones, Ipods, and other headsets, after a while, damage the nerve cells in your ears. Or due to force of habit from competing sounds, you become immune to what you should be paying attention to in your environment.(Of course, we all know we can't take two steps without calling someone over silly stuff that can wait until you get home). It does sound odd that she couldn't hear a train, but who knows?

I feel badly for the young woman. This is a terrible waste of potential and will be very hard on her family
R D Neck

United States

#16 Apr 23, 2008
She must have mistaken the train tracks for deer tracks.
Dawn

Swansea, SC

#17 Apr 23, 2008
Cell phones are a hazard if not used responsibly. I do not think it should be legal to drive when talking on a cell phone or in situations like this. People need to use more common sense with cell phones and not use them if they are in a situation where they need to be at full attention. My husband swears he can "do 2 things at once" e.g. talk on his cell phone and drive but how can you be at 100% attention if you are busy talking to someone and driving, walking close to RR tracks, whatever the situation is??
Cathy Monts

United States

#18 Apr 23, 2008
do you mean she was "struck"?
Dawn

Swansea, SC

#19 Apr 23, 2008
Joker wrote:
L-A-W-S-U-I-T...WHOA time to get paid!!!!
w

WHY? It's no one's fault but the girl who was talking on her phone, period!

“Wake up People”

Since: Jun 07

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#20 Apr 23, 2008
BDeRoysux wrote:
Can you hear me now???
Now thats just mean Funny as chit but mean LMAO

“If you can't be a good example”

Since: Mar 07

be a warning

#21 Apr 23, 2008
I guess we need to now outlaw teens using the cell phone while walking as well as when driving.

Should we throw in no gum chewing also?

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