Witnesses: child froze when she saw train; was hit and killed

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Posted: May 1, 2012 10:18 PM by Kristy Davis, Trey Schmaltz
Updated: May 1, 2012 10:18 PM

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Topics: Gonzales, train accident, KCS, child, Tobey

GONZALES- A 6-year-old was hit and killed by a train Tuesday evening. It happened on Tobey Street.

According to police, Shantell Patterson was walking home from the park with her sister and a group of other kids when she tried to be the first across the tracks as a freight train was moving toward her.

The engineer blew the horn, but witnesses say Patterson froze when she saw the train. It couldn't stop, and hit her- knocking her several feet away from the tracks.

KCS, the company operating the train, will pull the locomotive's black box for more information.

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