Conductor Says Doesn't Appear Girl, 11, Knew Train Was Coming

Amtrak train hits, kills girl who was looking at phone
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 4, 2018 4:54 PM CST
Train Hits, Kills 11-Year-Old Who Was Looking at Phone
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An Amtrak train struck and killed an 11-year-old girl as she walked home from a restaurant near her home Wednesday afternoon in Florida, the AP reports. Polk County Sheriff's officials said in a news release that the train's conductor told investigators Yazmin White was looking down at her phone as she crossed the tracks and gave no indication she was aware the train was approaching.

The train, which had 12 passenger cars and two engines, was going about 68mph when it hit Yasmin. Investigators say the conductor told them he repeatedly sounded the horn and applied the brakes but couldn't avoid the child. The release said evidence at the scene indicated the girl was wearing headphones when the train hit her.

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