Pregnant Fredzania Thompson killed by train while posing for photo shoot
Pregnant Fredzania Thompson was killed by a freight train after she became stuck between two railroad tracks while modelling.
The 19 year old who was a student at Blinn College in Bryan died after being struck near the intersection of Hollister and Lee Street in downtown Navasota, Texas.
She 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 were she was not aware there was a Union Pacific train approaching in the opposite direction.
The train alerted them with the horn and began the emergency stop process but she ended up in front of the other oncoming train. She was pronounced dead at a local hospital , the photographer was not hurt in the accident.
‘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.
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.
Fredzania, who would have turned 20 on Monday, was a 2015 graduate of Navasota High School where she had scholarships for being a star volleyball player.
Thompson was also engaged to her 25-year-old boyfriend, Darnell Chatman.
Chatman said the couple had just recently found out they were expecting a child together and was four weeks pregnant at the time of the tragedy.
Friends, family, and other mourners gathered at the site of the accident to pay their tributes to the teen on her birthday. Loved ones also took to Facebook to share heartbreaking posts in memory of the teen.
A GoFundMe page has also been launched to raise money for her funeral.
The funeral will be held in Brosig Auditorium in Navasota on Saturday at 11am. A graveside service will take place at Oakland Cemetery.