Teen with Ear Buds in Both Ears Killed When She Didn’t Hear Oncoming Train

| by Lina Batarags

An 18-year-old girl who was killed while walking along train tracks in California had allegedly been wearing ear buds when she was struck by a train at 5:55 p.m. on Monday evening.

Brittney Silva was reportedly arguing with her dad on her cell phone while she walked home on the tracks at Hesperian Boulevard, near her home in San Leandro, Calif.

With ear buds in both her ears, she neither heard the oncoming Amtrak train, nor did she notice an onlooker who had allegedly tried to warn her away from the tracks.

Silva’s body was thrown 50 yards from the tracks. Her phone was found nearby.

Silva would have been starting college in the fall of 2014, and had aspirations of being an obstetrician or a marine biologist.

Cynthia Silva, Brittney’s mom, noted that she had often cautioned her daughter to wear only one ear bud at a time.

“I’ve told my kids time and time and time again until I was blue in the face, and I will tell all of the youngsters out there, when you’re walking down the street and you got your headphones on, keep one headphone in and one headphone out so you can hear the world around you,” Cynthia said.

“Everyone loved her,” 11-year-old Melody said of her older sister. “She would always dance, and she would always give me great advice about life.”

Friends and family have created a makeshift memorial for Brittney near the train tracks.


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