A texting woman was clipped by a freight train that she apparently didn’t see (or hear?) because she was staring at her phone. According to Fox News, 27-year-old Sheena Keynna of Florida had to cross the tracks but didn’t think to look up from her phone while doing so. As she approached the crossing gates, she came in contact with a freight train, which tossed her into the air.
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“She suffered a compound fracture to her right arm, and her right leg was injured. She was taken to a hospital, but no additional information was available,” Fox News reports.
The texting woman hit by the freight train simply “wasn’t paying attention,” according to Lakeland Police Sgt. Gary Gross. An investigation had been pending, but it’s unknown if the case has been closed at this time. Of course, Sheena Keynna is very lucky to even be alive — had she walked further on to the tracks, the freight train could have easily killed her. She is still being treated at Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center as far as the public knows.
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According to the New York Daily News, there was a two-hour delay for trains in the area following the accident.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Keynna said that she honestly had no idea that a train was coming when she tried to cross over the tracks.
“The conductor and engineer both said that they observed Sheena approaching the track and the freight train’s horn was blown to warn her. Keynna said that she did not hear a horn. She also insists that she was unaware that she had walked beyond the crossing gate,” reports the Inquisitr.
It is unknown who she was texting or what the messages were about, but it sounds like it was pretty serious since Keynna “couldn’t hear” the train’s loud horn.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the woman clipped by the freight train denied she was texting, according to My Fox Tampa Bay.
“She told officers that she had her purse in her right hand and her cell phone in her left hand, but she said she was not using her phone at the time.”
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