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Headphone-Wearing Runner On Tracks Hit By Train

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jan. 17, 2011

The teenage runner couldn’t hear the train’s repeated whistles, because she was wearing earphones and a headband.

Some unfortunate news out of New Mexico over the weekend: On Saturday, a woman runner was struck and killed by an Amtrak train as she was running along the tracks outside the town of Rowe. The victim was identified as 18-year-old Amanda Byrne. According to the train’s engineer, Ms. Byrne did not hear the repeated whistle of the train, because she was wearing earphones and a headband.

“The engineer made several attempts in alerting (Byrne) by sounding the horn several times,” affirmed police Lieutenant Eric Garcia. The train then applied its emergency brakes, but was not able to avoid hitting Byrne. According to a Reuters report, the Amtrak train was heading from Chicago to Los Angeles and carrying 125 passengers when the incident occurred. No passenger injuries were reported.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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