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Miss Deaf Texas struck by train, killed



http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/03/14/bea....ap/index.html

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- The reigning Miss Deaf Texas died after being struck by a train, officials said.

Tara Rose McAvoy, 18, was walking Monday near railroad tracks when she was struck by a Union Pacific train, authorities said.

A witness told Austin television station KTBC the train sounded its horn right up until the accident occurred.


McAvoy, who had been deaf since birth, won the state title in June and represented the state "with dignity and pride," state pageant director Laura Loeb-Hill told The Associated Press via e-mail Monday night.

McAvoy was to represent Texas at the Miss Deaf America pageant this summer, Loeb-Hill said.

McAvoy graduated last year from the Texas School for the Deaf, attended Austin Community College and then started at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., in January, but had returned to Texas, Loeb-Hill said.
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[tasteless joke #1] That's a shame she couldn't hear anyone moaning
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You would have thought that she would have felt the vibrations of a train coming down the tracks.
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A witness told Austin television station KTBC the train sounded its horn right up until the accident occurred.
[tasteless joke #2]Obviously, the train should have been signing.
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Jokes aside, that's awful...
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Why would you walk on train tracks if you were deaf?
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Originally Posted by Mopower
Why would you walk on train tracks if you were deaf?
Only in Texas
Old 03-14-06, 10:45 AM
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It's got to be a suicide.
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Train horn is pretty loud, I could feel "loud" vibration - but at short distance (I'd say about 25 yards).
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Agree. No way you don't feel it or don't see it.
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Originally Posted by MBoyd
It's got to be a suicide.
I tend to agree. If you're deaf, you know enough not to walk on the train tracks without being extra alert.
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She couldnt feel it because it was light rail...
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Originally Posted by chanster
Agree. No way you don't feel it or don't see it.


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Originally Posted by MBoyd
It's got to be a suicide.
Or was it murder!!!! Waaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(que guitar riffs)
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[sarcasm]Wow, what a funny story. A deaf woman hit by a train. I can't stop laughing.[/sarcasm]
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Originally Posted by 12thmonkey
[sarcasm]Wow, what a funny story. A deaf woman hit by a train. I can't stop laughing.[/sarcasm]

Who's laughing?
Old 03-14-06, 10:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Mopower
Who's laughing?
Any of the jokes, or attempts, listed above.

I guess I just don't get 'the funny'.
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Police say she was not walking on the tracks but alongside them, close enough to put her right in harm's way.
http://kxan.com/Global/story.asp?S=4625176
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Originally Posted by Y2K Falcon

Doesn't make much of a difference. Trains don't have stuff sticking out from them. If I was deaf I wouldn't be walking anywhere near a train track. It's not like a train is hard to avoid. You just move over 10 feet.
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When is the last time anybody here even walked alongside a train track?
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Originally Posted by X
When is the last time anybody here even walked alongside a train track?
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Originally Posted by Mopower
Doesn't make much of a difference. Trains don't have stuff sticking out from them. If I was deaf I wouldn't be walking anywhere near a train track. It's not like a train is hard to avoid. You just move over 10 feet.
A typical width for a train car is 10' and the track spacing (inside dimension between rails) is 4' 8.5" so there is considerable overhang of the rails.

But yeah, you can pretty well predict where the train will go, unlike a car.
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couldn't she have felt the vibrations??
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Originally Posted by juanmgonzalez
Am I the only one who thinks there's a resemblance?


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