NAVASOTA, Tex. - Police say a pregnant aspiring model was killed Friday after she was hit by a freight train during a photoshoot on the tracks.
According to the police report, 19-year-old Fredzania Thompson, of College Station, was standing between two sets of tracks during a photoshoot around 12:45 p.m. Friday, when a Burlington Northern train approached. She moved out of the way of the train but was unaware that a Union Pacific train was coming in the opposite track and was hit.
CPR was administered until EMS arrived on the scene. She was taken to a local hospital where she died from her injuries.
Fredzania, who was engaged, was apparently pregnant at the time of her death. Her mom, Hakamie Stevenson, said her daughter, a student at Blinn College, put her education on hold to focus on modelling.
Union Pacific spokesman Jeff De Graff, told the Navasota Examiner the horn was sounded and they had applied the emergency brakes.
Navasota Assistant City Manager Shawn Myatt said: ‘Basically, you have two railroad tracks there, one is Burlington Northern to the west and one is Union Pacific to the east, and she was in between the two tracks.
‘Burlington Northern had a train on their track coming and she turned back to the east to walk across the Union Pacific track and walked right in front of the Union Pacific train that was heading south.’
The person who was taking photos of Thompson was not hurt. Navasota is about 60 miles northwest of Houston.
A gofundme page has been set up to help pay for her funeral.
It says: ‘We are asking for support from our local community and surrounding areas to help raise money for the funeral of Fredzania Thompson anyone that knows her she always had that beautiful smile at every sight of her.
‘She was one of the most beautiful caring person you could ever meet. If you ever needed someone to talk to she was always there she was a truly good person.
‘Fredzania attended Navasota high school. She was in love with every aspect of the sport of Volleyball and Make-Up. She was engaged to Earl Chatman and had just found out weeks before her tragic death that they were expecting a child to be born.
‘Words can not explain how the city of navasota is feeling at this very moment or her fiancé and family but we are asking for support and your generosity to help put this Beautiful young lady to rest.
‘R. I. P. Fredzania “Zanie” Thompson You Will Forever Be Missed!!!’
Fredzania Thompson, 19, was posing for images on train tracks in Texas when she was hit and killed. Picture: Facebook.