Girl killed after hit by train in Hudson |

Girl killed after hit by train in Hudson

HUDSON ” A 10-year-old girl who died after being struck by a train at a railroad crossing failed to heed the train’s horn and motorists’ honking as the empty coal train approached, according to witnesses.

Stormy Christensen, of Hudson, died Tuesday at the railroad crossing that cuts through the center of the town of 1,600 people. An autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday.

Witnesses reported that she ran across the tracks as the northbound Burlington Northern Santa Fe train approached, as if she was trying to beat it across, Weld County Undersheriff Margie Martinez said.

Investigators don’t know if she was wearing headphones or may have had difficulty hearing.

The train’s crew reported that the girl ran in front of the train, making it impossible to avoid hitting her, Burlington Northern spokeswoman Lena Kent said. The railroad tracks cross Hudson’s Main Street, which is just east of Interstate 76, and the crossing is lighted and gated, Kent said.

However, residents say children often cross the tracks there, both on foot and by bicycle, to get to the other side of town.

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