Teen Killed By Train While Arguing With Her Dad

trainPoor Brittney Silva never saw it coming. As a train sped right in her path, she didn't hear its rumble because she had her phone earbuds in her ears. She was reportedly in the middle of an argument with her dad, and the 18-year-old was struck and killed by that train.

For millions of earbud wearers, this is a frightening warning of the dangers that come with the convenience. Silva was walking along the train tracks near her San Leandro, California home when she was hit and thrown 50 yards.

An onlooker reportedly tried to warn her, but she could not hear him either. Police say she was having a heated conversation with her father. Needless to say, this is a horrifying tragedy for her family. Silva was supposed to start college in the fall and dreamed of being an obstetrician or marine biologist. Now she's gone.

A tragic situation like this brings up so many what-ifs. Some wonder why she was walking along an active track and why the volume in her earbuds was up so high. But Silva didn't do anything hundreds, if not thousands of others do every day. It's rare to see someone walking down the street without an ear piece of some sort on. We love to blast our music or chit chat with a friend or family member. But fact of the matter is, that act puts us in a very precarious situation. We are not as alert when we are listening to music or talking.

Will this story make you more cautious when you have your earbuds in?


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Movie... Moviebuff

I'm sorry but you are an idiot if you think walking on railroad track is smart.

Happy... Happydad73

This was not about earbuds, this was about another teenager making a stupid choice and walking along the tracks where she had absolutely no business being. Yes this is a tragedy, but it was because she was walking along train tracks, not because of earbuds.

nonmember avatar mommy0320

I live in the same city, all reporting done here says that she was at a railroad crossing. The commuter trains here are not on isolated tracks. Some places you have to walk along tracks to get to the other side of street. No fences or anything. Most places have a pedestrian gate that wont open unless there is no train but beside that its common to walk along tracks that run across intersections.

Happy... Happydad73

It may be common, but so is texting while driving. Doing something that is commonly done does not make it smart or ok. Walking on or along tracks is foolish. Especially when you effectively disable one of your two most important senses.

TheSi... TheSilence

I don't think hundreds or thousands of people walk along train tracks. That's just stupid.

Sad that she's dead, but this has more to do with trespassing of train tracks than ear buds.

Punch... Punchyobuns

How was she arguing in the middle of an argument if she couldn't hear?

Snapp... SnappleQueen

@Happydad73 & TheSilence - Cool parody accounts.

gogoh... gogohas2babies

I feel sorry for her dad. He must be going through some guilt. But all in all if she had ear buds in her ear and couldn't even hear a train (which by the way are very loud and actually can be felt) I would say that maybe the ear buds were not a smart idea. And in most places like that it is very common to walk along tracks

Mark Cox

Snapple queen fears logic it seems..more to pity..the lady made a stupid mistake as we all have at one time or another but sadly this one cost her dearly

Snapp... SnappleQueen

@Mark Cox- The king supreme of parody accounts speaks. Cool.

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