• An Nguyen

Teen killed by train during modeling photoshoot

On March 17, 2017, a Texas teenager was struck by a train and killed at a railway crossing while posing for photographs meant to launch her modeling career.

Fredzania “Zanie” Thompson, 19, and her photographer were standing between two train tracks in Navasota, Texas, around 12:45 p.m. local time when two trains approached from opposite directions. Both trains were blowing their horns, but as Thompson stepped out of the path of a BNSF train, she moved into the way of a Union Pacific train. Witnesses say she didn’t see the train coming.

Thompson’s family told The Eagle that Fredzania was enrolled at Brinn College but had put her education on hold to pursue modeling. According to Buzzfeed.com, loved ones have since built a makeshift memorial to Thompson, who would have turned 20 on Monday, at the railway crossing.

Shawn Myatt, the town’s director of public safety, said Thompson’s death was a tragic reminder of the dangers involved in walking or taking photos on train tracks.