In a horrid incident in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a Carlow University student was dragged to her death while train hopping with her boyfriend.
The Daily Mail reports 21-year-old Lindsey Michaels and her partner, whose name has not been disclosed, were jumping trains near South 7th Street and P.J. McArdle Roadway around 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Norfolk and Pittsburgh police described what they know of the gruesome scene in a written statement.
“The train, moving 130 cars loaded with coal, was traveling at about 3 to 4 mph through this area and then began to pick up speed,” Norfolk Southern spokesman Jon Glass wrote.
“The train crew did not see anyone trying to jump on the train and was not aware that anyone might have been hit.”
It seems the couple planned to board the train but was making a game of getting on at the last second.
The boyfriend got away with only an ankle injury, but friends of the couple say this will obviously be devastating for him.
‘They literally loved each other so much. They were together for a long time so you just… I know how much she loved him and the other way around,” classmate Danielle Levato said. “I feel really bad for him and nobody should have to go through that no matter how long they were together.”
A friend of Michaels’ said no one could have expected this to happen, with what started out as a bit of harmless fun.
‘We were just always really good friends. I was, like, a couple streets down. I walked to her house every day. It was, like, the same routine all the time,’ Mercurie said.
“She always just lived in the moment and she always wanted to have fun. I don’t think they expected anything like that to ever happen, you know?”
Michaels’ mother says the boyfriend is beside himself over the incident and is being treated for his ankle injury at an area hospital. She believes the incident to be alcohol-induced.
Carlow University released a statement on the incident.
“The Carlow University community extends its deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Carlow junior Lindsey Michaels, who died last night in a tragic accident on the South Side,” the statement read.
“We mourn her loss. Information about a memorial service on campus will be forthcoming. Our thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones.”
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