College student killed while 'train hopping' with boyfriend

Michaels was horrifically dragged beneath two trains while playing the game

Michaels was horrifically dragged beneath two trains while playing the game

Lindsey Marie Michaels, a college student, reportedly was killed while "train hopping" in Pittsburgh.

Police told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the pair were "train hopping" when they both fell, though the man only injured his ankle.

They said members of the train crew didn't see anyone attempting to jump onto the train, and they were unaware that someone had been struck.

Carlow University released a statement upon hearing about Michaels' death in which it extended its "deepest sympathy" to her friends and family. Michaels fell and was hit by the train at about 2:30 a.m., in the area of South 8th and East Carson streets, said Sonya Toler, a police spokeswoman.

In 2016, 26 people in Pennsylvania died and 19 others were injured when struck by trains while trespassing on tracks or railroad property, according to Federal Railroad Administration data. They said information about a memorial service will be forthcoming.

Michaels' mother said her daughter was "a good kid" who had just turned 21 and made the Dean's list at Carlow University.

The couple was jumping trains around 2.30am Sunday in South Side Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
The couple was jumping trains around 2.30am Sunday in South Side Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

"We mourn her loss", Carlow University said in a statement.

Norfolk Southern could not determine conclusively that the coal train was involved. "Our thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones".

"The train, moving 130 cars loaded with coal, was traveling at about 3 to 4 miles per hour through this area and then began to pick up speed", Norfolk Southern spokesman Jon Glass told the station.

According to WTAE, Michaels' mother confirmed Sunday night that her daughter was with her boyfriend, who is "beside himself" over what happened.

Carlow University said Sunday that Michaels was a junior at the College of Learning and Innovation, studying biology with a focus on perfusion. No other Norfolk Southern trains passed through that area at the time the incident was reported, Glass said.

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