Train hits car killing 19-year-old wh...

Train hits car killing 19-year-old who was driving

There are 79 comments on the WHAS11 story from Oct 17, 2011, titled Train hits car killing 19-year-old who was driving. In it, WHAS11 reports that:

A 19-year-old girl was killed when her car was hit by a train at a railroad crossing this weekend.

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“Hello”

Since: Jun 08

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#1 Oct 17, 2011
Condolences to the family for the loss of their daughter.
wow

Winchester, KY

#2 Oct 17, 2011
Man that is sad. Prayers to the family
Scarecrow

United States

#4 Oct 18, 2011
You guys are pulling on my heart, lets pitch in and send some flowers.
I have already called the Railroad and cancelled my tickets to New York for the Wall Street protest.
I think I will just hitch-hike to New York now...

“Hello”

Since: Jun 08

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#5 Oct 18, 2011
Scarecrow wrote:
You guys are pulling on my heart, lets pitch in and send some flowers.
I have already called the Railroad and cancelled my tickets to New York for the Wall Street protest.
I think I will just hitch-hike to New York now...
They said the sun was probably in her eyes when the train was coming,but i would've thought she could've heard it.We live near some train tracks,and that horn they blow you can hear a mile away.Prayers to the family though....
someone from school

Lebanon, KY

#6 Oct 18, 2011
i have been going to school with sophia for 7 yearsshe was one of my best friends and i will never forget her. she will always be in my heart.
Not stupid

Latonia, KY

#7 Oct 22, 2011
While sad, it's a needless accident caused by her own bad judgements and poor driving decisions. As someone pointed out--for some reason she did not HEAR the very loud train horn that can be heard at great distances. That should tell anyone with an I.Q. above a hamster that she was either talking on the cell, texting, music up to loud, sleepy or just simply didn't care about the train coming and yet not one story, friend or family member is even mentioning that obvious fact. This is sad, but could have been avoided if she had only given the crossing it's due respect. If the sun was in her eyes, then she should have slowed down. She did not, that is a fact. The crossing there is elevated, so her not seeing it while rounding the curve is a mute point and the fact that she is from that area and has probably traveled that road before and already knew about the crossing cancels the logic in the argument that she knew nothing about the crossing being there. She is not here due to her own disregard while driving. Gates would probably not have helped her as much as a change in attitude while driving. Sadly...people do not wish to address personal responsibility for their own safety. What if she had hit someone walking and killed them? I mean if she couldn't (supposedly) see because of the sun, then what would the family be advocating? Friends and family really need to be real and address the real problem here. It's not gates or other safety devices.
Hopper

Macon, GA

#8 Oct 22, 2011
I live by the tracks myself, and while they blow that horn to no end, sometimes to much, I have actually seen them come through and not blow it a time or two and I have seen them wait until they are right at the crossing to blow it as well. This city, or the railroad needs to fork out the money to pay for the cross-bars that come down. Harrodsburg has way to much train traffic to be running all through the city and to much car traffic, not to have them.
close friend

Harrodsburg, KY

#9 Oct 23, 2011
Not stupid wrote:
While sad, it's a needless accident caused by her own bad judgements and poor driving decisions. As someone pointed out--for some reason she did not HEAR the very loud train horn that can be heard at great distances. That should tell anyone with an I.Q. above a hamster that she was either talking on the cell, texting, music up to loud, sleepy or just simply didn't care about the train coming and yet not one story, friend or family member is even mentioning that obvious fact. This is sad, but could have been avoided if she had only given the crossing it's due respect. If the sun was in her eyes, then she should have slowed down. She did not, that is a fact. The crossing there is elevated, so her not seeing it while rounding the curve is a mute point and the fact that she is from that area and has probably traveled that road before and already knew about the crossing cancels the logic in the argument that she knew nothing about the crossing being there. She is not here due to her own disregard while driving. Gates would probably not have helped her as much as a change in attitude while driving. Sadly...people do not wish to address personal responsibility for their own safety. What if she had hit someone walking and killed them? I mean if she couldn't (supposedly) see because of the sun, then what would the family be advocating? Friends and family really need to be real and address the real problem here. It's not gates or other safety devices.
Really!!!??? Who are you to judge? No one knows what really happened. But does that really matter? All that is important is that a young girl lost her life and her family is hurting. The last thing they need is some punk like you putting stuff like this on here. I am praying for the family as well as you because you obviously need the Lord in your life. I love you and miss you Phia!!!
Digger

Lexington, KY

#10 Oct 23, 2011
"Not stupid" is right. While this is tragic and I am very sorry for her family, friends, and loved ones, she has only herself to blame.

Her mom was on TV blaming the railroad and saying that they need to put up safety crossing arms. If she didn't see a massive train in front of her, she wouldn't have seen little fiberglass safety arms. Which I might add, she would have went right through and then hit a train.

Consider how many cars go over that crossing every day. Now when is the last time a car got hit by a train there prior to this? Clearly it's not a dangerous crossing but I cannot ever remember another accident here.

The truth is that this is a cautionary tale. You pay attention to what you are doing when you approach a railroad crossing.
Harrodsburg

Stanford, KY

#12 Oct 24, 2011
People need to show alittle more respect for Sophia and her family. Only god and Sophia know what happen the day she passed. Don't be quick to judge someone. Show some respect.
Digger

Lexington, KY

#13 Oct 24, 2011
Harrodsburg wrote:
People need to show alittle more respect for Sophia and her family. Only god and Sophia know what happen the day she passed. Don't be quick to judge someone. Show some respect.
I would have never said a word if her mother had not gotten on TV and demanded that the RR install crossing arms. When she did that, she opened herself up to the views and opinions of others.
close friend

Harrodsburg, KY

#14 Oct 25, 2011
could wrote:
Could it be that she possibly committed suicide? Its hard for to believe that she didnt hear the horn
Are you kidding me? I think if someone was going to commit suicide, running into a train would be the last possible way. And if you stayed educated and read the local paper, you would have seen the letter to the editor from an unbiased person talking about how the lights don't always work at that crossing and that several people have known the train to not blow their horn. Please have a little more respect for the family than to say stupid stuff like this. I really hope and pray they never read this stuff.
close friend

Harrodsburg, KY

#15 Oct 25, 2011
Harrodsburg wrote:
People need to show alittle more respect for Sophia and her family. Only god and Sophia know what happen the day she passed. Don't be quick to judge someone. Show some respect.
Amen 'Harrodsburg'!!!! People are so disrespectful.
close friend

Harrodsburg, KY

#16 Oct 25, 2011
Oh and by the way, to whom ever said she was from this area and knew the road and that the crossing was there, you don't know the whole story. While she was 19, she had only been driving for a short time and didn't travel that road as much as you would think. Why can't you people just leave it alone. It is a terrible tragedy and no one but Sophia and the Lord know what really happened. It was just her time to go. Leave it at that!

As far as her mother going on tv trying to get the crossing arms put up, what is wrong with her wanting to prevent another person from losing their life? It shows that in this time of sorrow, she is thinking of others and trying to save someone else from dying.

We all know that the tracks around here are not real safe. What about the crossing on Providence Road that has no lights or crossing arms?? That is very dangerous.

I know that most people around here do not respect the trains or crossings, I don't think this is one of those cases. Everyone in this town crosses after the lights are going and after the horn has been blown. Just yesterday I watch about five cars cross after the lights came on and the last car went across two seconds before the train crossed. Are our lives so busy that it is worth risking your life to not have to sit through a ten minute train. I just do not feel that this was the case with Sophia. It was a combination of the sun, no lights, no horn, no crossing arms, and the way the tracks sit. But that is just my opinion.

I just wish everyone would just drop it and leave this family alone. They have enough on their plate. They don't need people slinging accusations about what happened to their daughter.
Digger

Lexington, KY

#17 Oct 25, 2011
close friend wrote:
I just do not feel that this was the case with Sophia. It was a combination of the sun, no lights, no horn, no crossing arms, and the way the tracks sit. But that is just my opinion.
So in other words it was in no way shape or form her fault. The sun was in her eyes, the lights didn't come on, the train didn't blow its horn and the tracks sit "wrong". It was something out of a road runner cartoon. The train just came out of no where.

If this was the case, and that crossing is so dangerous, why aren't people killed there on a weekly basis? I'll be dollars to donuts that she had her face buried in her phone sending or reading a text message from her bff.
Allen

Lexington, KY

#18 Oct 25, 2011
Screw rail road arms. Reroute the damn tracks out of town or some where an over pass could be put in!
Digger

Lexington, KY

#20 Oct 25, 2011
Allen wrote:
Screw rail road arms. Reroute the damn tracks out of town or some where an over pass could be put in!
That's not going to happen.
you think

Clay City, KY

#21 Oct 25, 2011
Who is the dumb one now? She would not sit in the middle of a railroad track to do that!!! She would of pulled off the road somewhere. Car problem maybe, or she thought she could make it across in time...
Digger wrote:
<quoted text>
So in other words it was in no way shape or form her fault. The sun was in her eyes, the lights didn't come on, the train didn't blow its horn and the tracks sit "wrong". It was something out of a road runner cartoon. The train just came out of no where.
If this was the case, and that crossing is so dangerous, why aren't people killed there on a weekly basis? I'll be dollars to donuts that she had her face buried in her phone sending or reading a text message from her bff.
close friend

Harrodsburg, KY

#22 Oct 25, 2011
Digger wrote:
<quoted text>So in other words it was in no way shape or form her fault. The sun was in her eyes, the lights didn't come on, the train didn't blow its horn and the tracks sit "wrong". It was something out of a road runner cartoon. The train just came out of no where.

If this was the case, and that crossing is so dangerous, why aren't people killed there on a weekly basis? I'll be dollars to donuts that she had her face buried in her phone sending or reading a text message from her bff.
You know what? I'm done arguing with you. You are a waste of my time and a waste of space. I'm not saying that she wasn't at fault at all, I'm just saying it was a freak accident. Either way it was meant to happen, the Lord needed her more than we did. But you very disrespectful in the things you are saying. You could be a little nicer about the way you approach things.
I know the family

Nicholasville, KY

#23 Oct 25, 2011
I know the family and I heard that she was VERY VERY bad about trying to beat trains!!!!! And besides the only reason her parents were on the news was to try and get a LAWSUIT. Yeah thats right I said it that is ALL that whole family has lived off of for the past 20 years!!!!! So all of you who feel sooooooo sorry for the family, if you really know them I wouldn't let them on my property or in my vehicle cuz otherwise if anything were to happen you will be the next one to set them back for a few years!!!!!

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