PITTSBURGH – Train hopping has reportedly taken the life of a young woman in Pennsylvania. She was not alone. The woman was accompanied by a man too. But his fate is not yet known, though he is said to be alive.
Latest reports suggest that the woman and the man were hit by train in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The woman died after being hit by the train, while the man suffered injuries. Reports suggest that officials were sent to Norfolk Southern train tracks near South Eighth Street and East Carson Street around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday when the report of the incident came forward.
While the man had suffered some injuries, his injuries were not serious. He had a few fractures, but the woman who was dragged by the train on its track was pronounced dead, then and there.
The woman has been identified as Lindsey Marie Michaels. She was a student of Carlow University. The University in a statement said in a statement: “The Carlow University community extends its deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Carlow junior Lindsey Michaels, who died last night in a tragic accident on the South Side. We mourn her loss. Information about a memorial service on campus will be forthcoming. Our thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones. Please keep them in your prayers during this very difficult time.”
While talking about the incident, Pittsburgh Police spokeswoman Sonya Toler said the couple was “train hopping” when the woman fell and was dragged.
A statement from the Norfolk Southern spokesman Jon Glass said that the was traveling to South Fork, Cambria County, on the busy Mon Line. He said that the train was transporting 130 hopper cars loaded with coal and was approximately 7,000 feet long. It was traveling at about three to four miles per hour through the South Side and then began to pick up speed. The train crew did not see anyone trying to jump on the train and was not aware that anyone might have been struck by a rail car.