Mother of girl killed by train fighti...

Mother of girl killed by train fighting for change

There are 46 comments on the WKYT story from Oct 18, 2011, titled Mother of girl killed by train fighting for change. In it, WKYT reports that:

A mother hopes the death of her daughter will help lead to changes. Sophia Dawn Ammons, 19, died in Mercer County when a train hit her SUV as she crossed the tracks on Bohon road near Harrodsburg.

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Truth Is

Somerset, KY

#22 Nov 1, 2011
umh wrote:
Its a sad world evertime some young person loses there life all there is negative comments towards them some way or another you people are crazy what would you do if this was your child let them moran how ever they choose with out negative thoughts if u have nothin good to say just keep it to your self . I dont kno the family but what matters is they lost a child and I could not imagine there pain. Point is if there was arms there she could have not
crossed and would not have ever track crossing should have them. Plus I lost a loved one the same way and yes the train was to blame they were running to fast through city limits plus they did not have what the police called the cow kicker on the front not saying whos fault it was
in this young childs accident but yes sometimes trains are to blame.....!!!!!1
Again I ask, in this situation. Did the train jump the tracks? Thus the only way it could be the trains fault!! People need to pay attention, all crossings have signs, well before the tracks, warning that you are approaching a crossing. The train going over the speed limit still has nothing to do with the fact that someone tried to cross the track when a train was coming.

I wish that dang car that was speeding and hit someone would have had a so called cow kicker. Maybe that would have kept someone from dying. It's crazy. It don't matter if the train had bumper pads on it. If it hits u, more than likely, u are going to die!!! It is several thousand tons of weight hitting your small little compact vehicle.
friend

Harrodsburg, KY

#23 Nov 1, 2011
Bottom line is, this was a freak accident. The sun was in her eyes and she didn't see the train. Many people have said that they have gone down that road at the same time and there was no way you would see that train. Her mother was simply wanting to stop this from happening again. I don't recall her ever saying anything about the train being at fault. You all have taken a tragic situation and turned it into an argument. It is ridiculous! I would like to see what you would do if this was your child.
Digger

Lexington, KY

#24 Nov 1, 2011
friend wrote:
Bottom line is, this was a freak accident. The sun was in her eyes and she didn't see the train. Many people have said that they have gone down that road at the same time and there was no way you would see that train.
Then why aren't there train vs. car accidents there all the time?
Truth Is

Somerset, KY

#25 Nov 1, 2011
friend wrote:
Bottom line is, this was a freak accident. The sun was in her eyes and she didn't see the train. Many people have said that they have gone down that road at the same time and there was no way you would see that train. Her mother was simply wanting to stop this from happening again. I don't recall her ever saying anything about the train being at fault. You all have taken a tragic situation and turned it into an argument. It is ridiculous! I would like to see what
you would do if this was your child.
Bottom line is: no one will actually ever know what caused the wreck, whether it be the sun or playing with the radio or texting or talking, etc etc. The girl is unfortunately not here to tell us.

But one question, if in fact it was the sun, if she couldnt see the GREAT BIG train because of the sun, what makes anyone think she can see those little tiny crossing arms! Then let's say those arms where there, are those things really strong enough to stop an automobile?? I think not. Case in point INATTENTION, could possibly take ur life. We have to watch out for ourselves.
Truth Is

Somerset, KY

#26 Nov 1, 2011
Oh and my suggestion to this mother is to volunteer her time and go around to schools. Talking about the importance of obeying traffic laws and watching when crossing the railroad tracks. To me that would help more with prevention than anything. Discuss things like paying attention at RR crossings, paying attention in general while driving.

FYI the idea of putting crossing arms at every crossing would be like putting a stop light at every single stop there is. It's ridiculous and absorbed. We have to pay attention PEOPLE. people are killing themselves by their inattention
umh

United States

#27 Nov 2, 2011
Digger wrote:
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You do realize that those arms are made of a light material and they will not stop a small car, let a lone an SUV??
Trains have not had cow catchers for decades. The purpose is not to protect someone who is hit by a train, but to protect the train from debris on the track. As you can see, a locomotive shown here does not have the old style cow catcher (formally called a pilot) in place. http://www.krunk.org/~joeshaw/pics/ns/d9-40cw...
Trains always have the right of way on the track. So if someone is hit by a train, it is their fault. Sometime's that's a jagged pill to have to swallow.
Yes I do realize they are not made of much but unless someone is on a high speed chase Im pretty sure tere not gonna bust through them all I am saying is putting comments on here about someone trying to beat the train thats only hear say and this family should be able to moarn anyway they like if my child was killed in a accident i to would be trying to help to improve something to keep it from happing to another young child Im sure thats all this Mother is trying to do. And the subject on the cow catcher I will not argue with you but I can tell you 15 years ago yes they were supposse to be on there and was said if it had been on there our loved one would have been thrown off the track instead of thrown 20 feet up in the air he was working beside the track and yes the train was disobeying the speed limit through city limits . According to the box in the train. And the train did admitt wrong two these things . I will not be commenting again Im just saying let these young people rest and peace and let there familys moran as they please and do what they what in memory of there precious childern that may be all they feel as though they have left to do by trying to help someone else.
Concerned

Nicholasville, KY

#28 Nov 2, 2011
I remember my dad would try to beat the train on that crossing everyday on my way to school. It scared me every time. I thought about dying everyday because of that. I trusted my dad, but it wasn't good trust. It's not like he wanted something to happen to me, he was simply not worried about the situation. I advocate putting the arms on the tracks. Because some people do not get a choice whether they are going to be trying to beat the train or not.

If we can help save lives then I think it is important. Everyone saying big companies do no care about the people whatever, this is to you; I don't know what they are or are not doing, but I know that we can help save lives by advocating this simple change. Why sit around and complain about companies not helping your community when you can try to help your own community.

Everyone saying the transportation department won't do anything; what does it hurt to try and make a positive change?

Those who don't want the arms up; is it so you can beat the train? Patience young grasshopper, you'll get to the other side of the tracks soon enough.
NS eng

United States

#29 Nov 7, 2011
Chaos wrote:
They need to take the damn tracks out of town. Those engineers do not obey the posted restrictions and Norfolk thinks they are above the law as it is.
The speed restriction is 15 mph of im not mistaken trough town.. them tracks was there long before you was...
meee

United States

#30 Nov 7, 2011
NO OFFENSE... in the drivers manual u get before taking ur permit test clear states always stop and look both ways... whether they wasmatter or no the signals wherent going off... it ain't NS fault.... so everyone remember stop and look both ways.. roll ur window down.... and listen for the horn the bell dinging at the crossing.
Rhonda

United States

#31 Nov 22, 2011
all the family is looking for is a change too possibly stop this from happening again....not anyones negativity...to the "one" that knows the family you obviously dont know the family well enough sophia never tried too beat the train and all i can say to you is you will have to answer too your maker for the lies you spread....to everyone else that has negative stuff too say...you dont have a clue what this family is going through and i have other things to do other than reading your garbage you post i just hope and pray none of you ever have too endure what this family has been through
Dad

United States

#32 Nov 23, 2011
Case of wrote:
All this is a case of a girl who was bad about trying to beat trains and this time the train won. and as far as the family is concerned they are just looking for a lawsuit!!! They have been living like that for over 20 years now. So beware, if you associate with ANY of the family and something happens to them in your car,or on your property you eill be the next "victim" and they will continue to go around like they do. Also they are THEIVES so you better lock up everything!!!!
I will tell You one thing I don't know You so why are You spitting lie's about my Family ????However I will GLADLY Introduce myself If YOU want to meet me. Instead of hiding behind a screen name.. IT would be my pleasure. As far as my Daughter is concerned You didn't and don't know a thing about her so keep your mouth off her and your ill fated opinion's to your self
Want arms

Harrodsburg, KY

#33 Nov 24, 2011
I cross these tracks several times a day and I would like to see arms on the tracks. I know it is a straight stretch of tracks there but the fence rows are over grown and you cant see the trains a lot until you get right to the tracks. People drive this road very fast, I know that is not the railroad companys fault, but I have thought for a long time this crossing needed arms. I have seen several other people get lucky trying to beat trains. I do not blame the company and hate that it would cost the company extra money to try and prevent others from making bad choices, but in this case I think it should be done. I hate this for the girls family and even if she did have a bad habit of trying to beat trains she was still only a teenager and teenagers make bad decisions unfortunately her and her family paid dearly for this choice. Maybe if there were arms others with this bad habit would be deterred from trying to out run a train.
Okay

Harrodsburg, KY

#34 Nov 24, 2011
NS eng wrote:
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The speed restriction is 15 mph of im not mistaken trough town.. them tracks was there long before you was...
the curve in perryville rd was there way belong the sherrifs daughter git killed too but because of eho it was i see how fast the rd got worked on!!!
Digger

Lexington, KY

#35 Aug 22, 2012
http://www.centralkynews.com/amnews/news/amn-...

HARRODSBURG — The mother of a Mercer County teenager who was killed last year as she drove across a railroad crossing has filed a lawsuit against the owner of the tracks.

Phillita Jill Ammons, mother of 19-year-old Sophia Ammons, filed the complaint Tuesday in Mercer Circuit Court naming Norfolk Southern and an unnamed person or company possibly contracted to perform maintenance along the tracks as defendants.

The wrongful death action seeks an unspecified amount of damages.

“On Oct. 15, 2011, Sophia Ammons was driving eastbound on Bohon Road in Harrodsburg at approximately 9:20 a.m.,” the lawsuit begins.“At the same time, a Norfolk Southern train was heading westbound out of Harrodsburg toward the Bohon Road crossing.”

The train struck the front end of Sophia Ammon’s pickup truck as it entered the crossing, ejecting her. She died of blunt force trauma to the head, said Deputy Mercer County Coroner Chuck Bugg, who was called to the scene.

The train “failed to properly and timely sound its whistle” as it was approaching the crossing, the complaint alleges. Norfolk Southern also “failed to properly inspect and maintain its crossing signals in spite of knowledge of their periodic malfunctioning,” the lawsuit maintains.

According to the lawsuit, there may have been an adequate line of sight approaching the crossing when the signals were installed, but Norfolk Southern,“over the passage of time, negligently failed to maintain the vegetation and thus allowed the vegetation to obscure the view of a train approaching the Bohon Road crossing from Harrodsburg until the last instance before the crossing when approaching Bohon Road from the direction Sophia Ammons was approaching at this fatal accident.”

The lawsuit indicates that a “John Doe defendant” contracted with Norfolk Southern and failed to control the vegetation and properly inspect and maintain the crossing signal,“causing or contributing to the death of Sophia Ammons.”

Norfolk Southern has not yet responded to the allegations in the complaint, which was filed by Columbus, Ohio, attorneys James Blumensteil and Aaron Falvo, along with David Patrick of Harrodsburg.

In a news story about the fatal crash, Bugg said sunlight would have been shining in the eyes of an eastbound driver at that time of morning, and it was possible the sun made it difficult for Ammons to see the train as she entered the crossing.
Truth Is

Somerset, KY

#37 Aug 22, 2012
Is there really anyone out there who didn't see this coming?? How in the world can she determine that the train did not sound it's horn in time??
Money is the root of all evil, she isn't doing it for her daughter, just the money!!! If she was only concerned about making the crossing safer, as she has said many times in these post, then that's exactly what she would do, fight for a safer crossing!!! Not for money!!! Her credibility just took a major down fall!
bubba bo bob brain

Harrodsburg, KY

#38 Aug 22, 2012
Money is not the root of all evil. If you read Gods word you will see that it says the LOVE of money is the root of all evil.
Lyric

Danville, KY

#39 Aug 22, 2012
Truth Is wrote:
Is there really anyone out there who didn't see this coming?? How in the world can she determine that the train did not sound it's horn in time??
Money is the root of all evil, she isn't doing it for her daughter, just the money!!! If she was only concerned about making the crossing safer, as she has said many times in these post, then that's exactly what she would do, fight for a safer crossing!!! Not for money!!! Her credibility just took a major down fall!
Couldn't have said it any better! This mom is trying to get rich off of her daughters death. SAD!
I tried to tell you

Harrodsburg, KY

#40 Aug 22, 2012
I tried to tell you people back when this happened there would be a lawsuit coming and no one would listen!!!!!! I know the family, all they have ever tried to do is live off of some kind of settlement from someone or somewhere. So again I will repeat myself and try to warn everyone again whatever you do, don't have any dealings with the family or you will be sorry!!!!!!!!!
simpson

United States

#41 Aug 23, 2012
Your warning people of what "i tried to tell you".? That family is always on the RR tracks taking pictures or even sitting on the tracks, not sure of the mentality of that, but oh well
Did you not read it

Harrodsburg, KY

#42 Aug 24, 2012
simpson wrote:
Your warning people of what "i tried to tell you".? That family is always on the RR tracks taking pictures or even sitting on the tracks, not sure of the mentality of that, but oh well
Didn't you read my post???? I was warning any and everyone not to have any dealings with any of the Ammons family period or you will be sorry cause all they have done for about the lst 20 to 30 years is lived off of some kind of lawsuit and if you aren't careful, you could be the next victim of their little scheme!!!!!! Now do you understand my point??????????

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