Melat Mamo: Ethiopian Girl Identified as A Train Crash Victim in Dallas

MARCH 4, 2014 4

DALLAS – Multiple sources identified last Saturday train crash victim in Dallas Texaswas a young girl from Ethiopia.

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According to the media sources report a  motorist was killed and four DART passengers were injured Saturday morning when a GreenLine train struck a vehicle at a crossing.

The accident was reported shortly before 9 a.m. just south of Fair Park near Robert B. Cullum Boulevard and Scyene Road.

The train hit the driver’s side of the vehicle, killing the female driver, who was said to be in her 20s. She was the only person in the vehicle.

The girl in the car was identified Melat Mamo according to her Facebook account and friends paying respect leaving a comment how she was outgoing and wonderful.

DART spokesman Morgan Lyons said the vehicle entered the crossing as the crossing arms werecoming down

“If the signals are operating properly the lights and bells go off approximately 20 seconds before the arms begin to come down,” Lyons said. “That’s when, essentially, the intersection is closed to vehiclular traffic.”

He added that the train’s operator saw the car entering the intersection and went into a “maximum brake mode” in an effort to avoid impact.

“You just can’t stop the train that quickly,” Lyons said.

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