A 16-year-old UK girl was hit by a train and killed while she was sitting on the tracks to talk to her best friend. The collision took place shortly after midnight on December 13 in Halifax, where Milena Gagic and her friend Amelia Hustwick were sitting and talking along one of the railway’s public crossings. According to Metro, the last Manchester Victoria to Leeds Northern Rail train was traveling at about 55mph when it struck Gagic. Hustwick managed to avoid the train as it approached.
Gagic suffered from massive head injuries and died at the scene of the accident. A subsequent toxicology found no evidence of alcohol or drug abuse. Gagic and Hustwick had simply chosen their location because they thought the last train had already passed through.
Hustwick described to the Daily Mail the string of events that led to the tragic accident. “We had arranged to meet two friends. However they went home and Milena and I went over to the park on our own. We then decided to walk along the main road to the train tracks because it is quiet. We have been there on three occasions in the past. It was quite late so we didn’t think trains would be running. We sat between the tracks on the crossing. We sat there laughing and giggling. We were sat facing each other in between the tracks,” Hustwick said.
Hustwick claimed that the train’s arrival was quick and unexpected. “It was going fast but I am not sure how fast. I didn’t hear a train horn. I assumed Milena had jumped out of the way because I couldn’t see her anywhere,” Hustwick said.
West Yorkshire Coroner Oliver Longstaff concluded that Gagic’s death was accidental. “There is no indication that this should be anything other than a tragic end to a happy evening. I am satisfied that Milena and Amelia went onto the tracks without the thought of doing themselves harm. They had an evening with friends and they were doing something they had done many times before. It was probably not a very wise thing to do but nobody is on trial here,” Longstaff said.
Gagic was described by friends and family as a “straight A student” who was expected to attend either Oxford or Cambridge University.
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