Texas woman in midst of modeling shoot when struck by train

FILE (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

NAVASOTA, Texas (AP) — The mother of a 19-year-old woman says her daughter was killed when she was struck by a train while having photos taken of her on the tracks in a bid to launch a modeling career.

Hakamie Stevenson told The Eagle newspaper that her daughter, Fredzania Thompson, attended Blinn College in Bryan but wanted to put her education on hold to begin modeling.

Authorities say Thompson was standing between two sets of tracks Friday in Navasota when a BNSF Railway train approached.

She moved out of the way of the train but was apparently unaware that a Union Pacific train was coming in the opposite direction on the other tracks and was struck.

The person who was taking photos of Thompson was not hurt.

According to KBTX, the train was hauling 101 grain cars from Oklahoma and is now on its way its final stop in Beaumont.

Navasota is about 60 miles northwest of Houston.

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