A 17 year old girl from Kent, Washington was struck and killed by a train this week. The train crossing had no lights or gates or “crossing control” of any kind. Investigators have simply determined that she was not paying attention to the oncoming train. She may have been distracted by her cell phone. Unfortunately, the one distraction that could have saved her life – lights and gates at the railroad crossing – was not there. This is the latest example of a pedestrian train crossing accident that could have been prevented with simple lights and gates.