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    Miss Deaf Texas struck by train, killed

    Tuesday, March 14, 2006; Posted: 9:27 a.m. EST (14:27 GMT)

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- The reigning Miss Deaf Texas died after being struck by a train, officials said.

    Tara Rose McAvoy, 18, was walking Monday near railroad tracks when she was struck by a Union Pacific train, authorities said.

    A witness told Austin television station KTBC the train sounded its horn right up until the accident occurred.

    McAvoy, who had been deaf since birth, won the state title in June and represented the state "with dignity and pride," state pageant director Laura Loeb-Hill told The Associated Press via e-mail Monday night.

    McAvoy was to represent Texas at the Miss Deaf America pageant this summer, Loeb-Hill said.

    McAvoy graduated last year from the Texas School for the Deaf, attended Austin Community College and then started at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., in January, but had returned to Texas, Loeb-Hill said.
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    Geesh Zero... you think like I do.. I almost posted this! Very sad, but I couldn't help but laugh a bit at the story. Almost seems like one of those far fetched unreal things but I saw it on our local news today!
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    It is ironic and tragic. I wonder what she was doing walking along train tracks like that? You would think she would know better.
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    Wow. you can't help but laugh at first, it sounds like a joke, or something from The Onion.

    Tragic though.
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    I think I just pissed myself...
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    That's horrible....but, i agree , ya think she'd know better.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texas Poundcake
    Geesh Zero... you think like I do.. I almost posted this! Very sad, but I couldn't help but laugh a bit at the story. Almost seems like one of those far fetched unreal things but I saw it on our local news today!
    I know it seems wrong, but I had to laugh a bit too. It is sad though.
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    I was having a bit of an internal conflict with this too when I read it this morning. I must have read the headline alone four times.

    Then, my giant smart-ass of a boss walks in, turns on his PC, goes to the news page himself, and I hear his remark from the other side of the cubicle walls......"hit by train? Yup, she was deaf alright."

    It was all I could do to stifle the laugh....then I felt kinda shitty for it.
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    I saw that top picture of her in the Statesman a couple weeks ago, with her story. She hadn't died yet. The same day, I was riding my mountain bike across those train tracks and had to get off and walk over the high track. I remember telling myself that my mp3 player was loud and I wouldn't be able to hear a train if it was coming, so I kept looking back over my shoulder. Then she dies on those same tracks.. Very weird.

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    Here is a follow up article:


    Deaf beauty queen was text-messaging when hit by train
    By Elizabeth Yuan
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    Wednesday, March 15, 2006; Posted: 1:42 p.m. EST (18:42 GMT)

    (CNN) -- Deaf beauty contest winner Tara McAvoy was walking from home to her mother's workplace, text-messaging family and friends, as she walked along the railroad tracks in Austin, Texas, when a train struck her, according to the Austin Police Department.

    A Massachusetts-born Texan, who liked to quote "Don't mess with Texas," the 18-year-old was going to represent the Lone Star State at the Miss Deaf America Pageant in Palm Desert, California, this July.

    It was one of many pageants McAvoy had entered, "both in the hearing community and in the deaf community," said Claire Bugen, superintendent of the Texas School for the Deaf, on Wednesday.

    The Austin Police Department received a 911 call from Union-Pacific, which owns the train, at 2:18 p.m. Monday, said Laura Albrecht, spokesperson for the Austin Police Department.

    "Our understanding is that she text-messaged the family, and yes, the family members were going to pick her up," Albrecht added.

    McAvoy was walking northbound along the railroad ties, with her back to the train, as it approached. A horn sounded, but "they weren't able to get a response," said Austin Police Department detective David Fugitt. "At that point, they activated their emergency braking system, but they weren't able to stop in time."

    A snowplow -- commonly referred to as "cattle-guards" for pushing items away from the tracks to avoid train damage -- was what struck McAvoy, who was estimated to be "no more than a foot" from the tracks, Fugitt said.

    "The snowplow extends approximately 16 inches on each side from the train," he said, and was mounted to the front engine of the train.

    McAvoy died at the scene from "multiple traumatic injuries," Fugitt said.

    Fugitt said there were witnesses who had heard the horn sound and that the police department was actively seeking anyone who had seen the accident occur.

    An investigation is underway with Union Pacific and the Travis County Medical Examiner's Office, Fugitt said. He said it was unclear how fast the train was going.
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    I tried, I really did, but I don't find any humor here. Just irony. It's sad.

    You know? It's 2006, why are people still being killed by trains?

    There's no mystery, you know where they're going to be, you know you should stay 20 to 30 feet away from the tracks. When those arms go down, you stop.

    You litterally have to go out of your way to be killed by a train.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Axxman300
    I tried, I really did, but I don't find any humor here. Just irony. It's sad.

    You know? It's 2006, why are people still being killed by trains?

    There's no mystery, you know where they're going to be, you know you should stay 20 to 30 feet away from the tracks. When those arms go down, you stop.

    You litterally have to go out of your way to be killed by a train.
    Walking On/Near Train Tracks and being Deaf just doesn't work...
    I mean, COME ON....



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    Quote Originally Posted by voivod
    Walking On/Near Train Tracks and being Deaf just doesn't work...
    I mean, COME ON....




    A few months back, in San Jose, CA, a two year old was killed by a train when his sitter went back across the tracks to get the stroller and he followed her back.

    A few years before that, some college kid wearing a Walkman got nailed by an express train in Palo Alto.

    People freak out about germs but don't give a second thought to a couple hundred tons of steel hurtling down towards them. I blame her parents and her for not having good sense. When I wear my Walkman I walk facing traffic and I take it off around railroad tracks and other danger zones.
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