Amtrak train strikes jogger listening to music

SANTA FE, New Mexico Sat Jan 15, 2011 3:33pm EST

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SANTA FE, New Mexico (Reuters) - An Amtrak train struck and killed a woman who was listening to music while jogging along the tracks, police said on Saturday.

Amanda Byrne, 18 of Rowe, N.M., apparently was listening to music on an earpiece or headset as she was jogging along the tracks in Rowe, New Mexico on Friday afternoon and did not hear the train's warning horn as it approached her from behind, Lt. Eric Garcia said Saturday. Byrne also was wearing a headband that covered her ears.

"The engineer made several attempts in alerting (Byrne) by sounding the horn several times," Garcia said, and applied emergency brakes in an effort to stop. Byrne continued jogging on her path and the train was unable to avoid striking her.

The westbound Southwest Chief train was carrying about 125 passengers traveling from Chicago to Los Angeles. There were no reports of injuries among the passengers.

(Reporting and Writing by Dennis Carroll, Editing by Greg McCune)

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