‘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 incident occurred before 1pm and she was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Authorities stopped traffic in Navasota for five hours following the accident as they conducted an investigation.
The Union Pacific train had been traveling from Oklahoma to Beaumont and had 101 cars carrying grain. The speed of the train on impact is unknown, but officials said a train traveling 50mph would need over a mile to come to a full stop, the Examiner reported.
Thompson’s mother, Hakamie Stevenson told The Eagle newspaper that Fredzania, who went by ‘Zanie’, was a student at Blinn College in Bryan, but wanted to put her education on hold to pursue modeling.
Zanie, who would have turned 20 on Monday, was a 2015 graduate of Navasota High School where she had scholarships for being a star volleyball player.
Stevenson said her daughter was known as a role model and a leader to her younger siblings and her friends knew her as a hair and makeup wiz.
Thompson was also engaged to her 25-year-old boyfriend, Darnell Chatman.
Chatman said the couple had just recently found out they were expecting a child together and was four weeks pregnant at the time of the tragedy.
On Monday friends, family, and other mourners gathered at the site of the accident to pay their tributes to the teen on her birthday.
Loved ones also took to Facebook to share heartbreaking posts in memory of the teen.
‘Happy Birthday BabyGirl. We gonna miss you Zanie, just watch over us, I love you cousin,’ one person wrote.
A GoFundMe page has also been launched to raise money for her funeral.
The funeral will be held in Brosig Auditorium in Navasota on Saturday at 11am. A graveside service will take place at Oakland Cemetery.
Source: Daily Mail UK