Girl Killed in Haines City Train Accident Identified as Yazmin White
Haines City, Florida (January 5, 2018) – An 11-year-old girl died when she was struck by an Amtrak train as she crossed the railroad tracks at an intersection in Haines City, a local news source reported.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office identified the girl as Yazmin White.
The accident happened at around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, January 3 at the intersection of U.S. 17/92 and Bates Road.
According to the article, a preliminary investigation revealed that White left Carmelita’s Restaurant at 2670 US 17/92 and was walking through nearby woods. She attempted to cross directly over the railroad tracks at the intersection when a southbound Amtrak passenger train heading toward Winter Haven struck her.
White sustained grave injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The train, which was traveling at a speed of 68 mph at the time of the accident, was transporting 12 passenger cars and two engines.
The conductor of the train told police that he saw White trying to cross the tracks and applied brakes and sounded the train’s horn repeatedly to alert her. The victim was looking down at her phone and made no indication that she was aware of the train coming. White was wearing headphones at the time of the accident.
We at Percy Martinez Law Office would like to pass our condolences to the family and friends of Yazmin White.
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