Florida teen is hit by a train and survives

By Kaileen Gaul for DailyMail

Train yard in pensacola, florida. Photo / 123RF
Train yard in pensacola, florida. Photo / 123RF

An 18-year-old woman survived being hit and dragged several feet by a train while trying to get an artistic photo of herself on the railroad.

Julia Laureano, a freshman at the University of West Florida was hospitalized when she was hit Thursday afternoon, reports the Daily Mail.

Laureano and her friend were trying to get photos with an oncoming train in the background according to Northwest Florida Daily News.

The locomotive was moving at 40mph and headed south. Her friend Leah Bateman, 20, was taking the photos of Laureano.

Julia Laureano was hit by a train on Thursday as she and a friend were trying to take photos with an oncoming train in the background. Photo / Facebook: @Julia Laureano
Julia Laureano was hit by a train on Thursday as she and a friend were trying to take photos with an oncoming train in the background. Photo / Facebook: @Julia Laureano

Laureano was struck near the Scenic Highway in Pensacola and dragged for several feet before falling off the side of the track onto a pile of rocks.

The teen was taken to Sacred Heart Hospital in critical condition. Pensacola Police say her injuries are not life threatening, according to WEARTV.

In September, a Del Mar man was hit and killed by a train while taking photos on his phone according to the Los Angeles Times.

- Daily Mail

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