Blinn student killed by train during photo shoot in Navasota

Published: Mar. 10, 2017 at 12:59 PM CST
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A Blinn student died Friday afternoon during a photo shoot along train tracks in Navasota.

The victim has been identified as Fredzania Thompson, 19, of College Station. She's a Navasota native and 2015 graduate of Navasota High School. She studied Kinesiology at Blinn.

Investigators say Thompson was with a photographer when, for an unknown reason, she stepped into the path of a Union Pacific train and was hit.

It happened around 12:45 p.m. Friday, on the train tracks near Hollister and Lee Street.

Witnesses say she was given CPR until emergency responders arrived on the scene. She was taken to a hospital where she later passed away from her injuries.

News 3's Clay Falls spoke with members of her family at the scene of the accident. They are in shock to learn what happened.

Joe McNeal, Sr. is a close family friend and he says this is a tragic event that's stunned everyone.

"She was a beautiful young lady. I love her mother and grandmother and I just hate to hear this happened," he said.

The train was hauling 101 grain cars from Oklahoma and is now on its way its final stop in Beaumont.

A spokesman for Union Pacific says train typically go an estimated 50 miles-per-hour in the area of downtown Navasota.