An 11-year old girl was killed by a Amtrak train while distracted by her phone.

On January 3, 2018, in Florida an 11 year old girl was killed by a train, unaware that it was coming because she was focused on her phone. 

Yazmin White will not be able to return to Davenport School of the Arts in Polk County, her school after break. White had much dedication for school as she had a natural talent for playing the piano, but on Wednesday, in Florida she was coming home from the supermarket while picking up snacks to share with her 9 year old brother stumbling on train tracks.

She wanted to take a short cut while she ventured through the woods and crossed train tracks, unaware that it may have not been a good idea. An Amtrak train was going 68 miles per hour when it struck Yazmin. While the train was heading towards her, the conductor sounded it’s horn, but the girl was so distracted and her headphones blocked out the sound of the train. The conductor said that he tried to stop the train and sounded the horn, but it was too late.

Last year 421,000 people were injured last year from distracted driving although it is different, we can conclude that phones can be a distraction.

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  1. Stacy Marshall says:

    With the SMART train now in Marin, this is a great reminder that we need to be aware of our surroundings. Thank you for sharing this story.

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