Railroad News

Hearing Impaired Teen Killed by Canadian National Freight Train

(Fenton, Michigan – July 10, 2012)

A 17-year-old hearing-impaired high school student died Monday evening when she was hit by an eastbound Canadian National freight train as she walked west along CN railroad tracks that pass beneath the U.S. 23 freeway in Fenton, MI.

Audrey Seigle of Fenton was transported to Hurley Medical Center in Flint, MI where she was pronounced dead on arrival. According to John Hargenrader of Fenton, who, along with his 17-year-old daughter, was laying flowers at a memorial set up for the deceased teenager. Both of his daughters were friends of the victim, and all agreed that she was hearing impaired. Yet, Fenton Police “have declined to confirm if she had hearing problems.”

FPD Lt. Jason Slater and Fenton detectives viewed film footage taken by a camera mounted in the nose of the locomotive, as did Det. Ron Skarzynski and Dr. Brian Hunter, medical examiner at Hurley Medical Center, in two separate showings by CN personnel who provided the video in order to assist with the investigation and the autopsy.