(Dalton, New York – August 2, 2012)
A 17-year-old girl and soon-to-be high school senior tragically died just four days before her 18th birthday as she and a male companion walked beside Norfolk Southern railroad tracks near the intersection of Depot and Oakland Streets in Dalton, NY last Thursday morning just after 9:00 A.M.
Kaylie M. Mann of Dalton, NY was struck by the train, traveling from Binghamton to Buffalo, NY, operating at 47 mph in 50 mph maximum territory, when she mistakenly believed she was far enough from the track to be in the clear. The boy she was with was walking on the outside of the victim and was neither struck nor injured. The train continued for about a third of a mile before braking, as the crew did not realize they had hit the victim.
Livingston County Sheriff’s Investigator Chris Smith said that the event was being treated as an accident.
Assisting the LCSO in the response to and investigation of the tragedy were the New York State Police, the Nunda Fire Dept. and EMS, and District Attorney Gregory McCaffery.
Grief counselors were being scheduled to handle student concerns at the high school where Kalie would have been a senior this coming fall.