The reigning Miss Deaf Texas lost her life last Monday while walking next to the Union Pacific tracks, struck by a snowplow that extends about 16 inches on both sides of the tracks. The accident happened about 2:30 pm in South Austin, according to the Austin Police Report.With the tracks better maintained, the ground-shaking that used to alert people to the presence of a train isn't always there.
The railroad track is NOT a short cut, even if you have full use of your senses and are not preoccupied with your electronic shackles. Kindly be governed accordingly.
Austin police said McAvoy had text messaged her mother just minutes before the accident happened. The 18-year-old said she was going to take a short cut down the railroad tracks to meet her mom at work.
“We believe she may have been sending text messages to friends and family as well during that time,” [Austin Detective David] Fugitt said.
That’s a factor, plus her deafness, police said, that could have kept her from noticing the train.