13-Year-Old Girl Hit and Killed by Train in Texas Panhandle

HEMPHILL COUNTY, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) - Hemphill County Sheriff Nathan Lewis confirmed a 13-year-old girl, ReAnna Wilson, was hit and killed by a BNSF train Saturday afternoon in Canadian. Authorities had previously reported the girl's name as Brianna Wilson.

Sheriff Lewis said Wilson was traveling east into town when she stopped to let a northbound train pass. Once the train had cleared, Wilson stepped onto the tracks and was hit by a southbound train.

Sheriff Lewis said Wilson was distracted by her cell phone and ear buds. He said investigators also believe Wilson had stopped on the tracks to check her phone.

"It is an accident at this time," Sheriff Lewis said. "There is no foul play suspected at this time."

The teenager was pronounced dead at the scene.

"I can't even imagine the grieving family, what they have to go through on this Mother's Day," Sheriff Lewis said. "It's an unfortunate tragedy."

The train was traveling at 55 miles per hour. Joseph Faust, with Burlington Northern Santa Fe, said at 50 miles per hour it would take a train one mile to stop on the tracks. He said there is no way to swerve so conductors are not given a lot of flexibility or options in an emergency situation.

Faust said the lead locomotive was camera equipped and the company will review that footage as they conduct their own investigation. Sheriff Lewis said they will also review the footage.

Faust said his company would release more precise details once their investigation is complete.

We reached out to the Hemphill County Sheriff's office for comment. Our calls have not been returned at this time. We will update this story with new information once it is obtained. 


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