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The Dansville Online
  • Details emerge in Dalton train accident

  • A 17-year-old killed in a Dalton train accident late last week was mooning a train when she was struck, Livingston County Sheriff John York said Monday.

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  • A 17-year-old killed in a Dalton train accident late last week was mooning a train when she was struck, Livingston County Sheriff John York said Monday.
    Kaylie M. Mann, of Dalton, was struck by the front part of the train, wider than the train tracks, shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday.
    Mann wasn't in or on the tracks, York said, but was standing close enough to be hit.
    The Norfolk Southern freight train, headed to Binghamton from Buffalo, was traveling at approximately 47 miles per hour at the time of the accident. Mann was struck about 100 feet from the Oakland Street crossing in Dalton.
    Video and computer records on the train were analyzed as part of the investigation, Major Chris Smith told The Evening Tribune Friday.
    A male friend was nearby at the time of the accident. His cell phone battery was dead and he yelled for someone to call for help.
    That male friend, unnamed by police because of his age, is charged with burglary in connection with an incident that happened earlier Thursday morning. York declined to say whether Mann was connected to that case.
    York warned others from getting close to train tracks, saying loaded freight trains take long distances to stop.
    "It was a tragedy and we try to convince anyone to stay away from tracks," he said. "It's such a dangerous place. There's thousands of tons of weight on those trains. They can't stop."
     
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