Pregnant teenage model killed by train while modelling on railway
Fredzania Thompson, 19, died on Friday afternoon after being struck near the intersection of Hollister and Lee Street in downtown Navasota, police said.
AVRUPA/LONDON-The teen had been standing between two sets of tracks when a Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) train approached and she moved out of the way onto another track. Thompson was not aware there was a Union Pacific train approaching in the opposite direction and ended up stuck. The photographer was not hurt in the accident. Thompson was struck near the intersection of Hollister and Lee Street in downtown Navasota Union Pacific spokesman Jeff De Graff, told the Navasota Examiner that the train crew had alerted them with the horn as they approached them and began the emergency stop process. ‘Basically, you have two railroad tracks there, one is Burlington Northern to the west and one is Union Pacific to the east, and she was in between the two tracks,’ Navasota Assistant City Manager Shawn Myatt said ‘Burlington Northern had a train on their track coming and she turned back to the east to walk across the Union Pacific track and walked right in front of the Union Pacific train that was heading south.’
The incident occurred before 1pm and she was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Authorities stopped traffic in Navasota for five hours following the accident as they conducted an investigation. The Union Pacific train had been traveling from Oklahoma to Beaumont and had 101 cars carrying grain. The speed of the train on impact is unknown, but officials said a train traveling 50mph would need over a mile to come to a full stop, the Examiner reported. Thompson’s mother, Hakamie Stevenson told that Fredzania, who went by ‘Zanie’, was a student at Blinn College in Bryan, but wanted to put her education on hold to pursue modeling.