View Full Version : Minnesota teen killed by LIRR train

08-07-2006, 03:13 PM
I didn't know where to post this because it is not directly related to the band, but this is just tragic. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends. :feelbette



August 07, 2006

A Minnesota teen's night on the town turned tragic when she died after being struck by a Long Island Rail Road train in Queens.

Natalie Smead, 18, of Northfield, Minn., was on her way to a Dave Matthews Band concert on Randalls Island Saturday afternoon when she fell onto the train tracks at the Woodside railroad station about 4 p.m., said Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesman Tom Kelly.

Smead had been staying with relatives in Merrick, said Det. Sgt. Kim Riley with the MTA police. A cousin was among the group of young people traveling with her to the concert. According to a preliminary investigation, Smead was exiting a westbound Babylon branch train when she fell between the train and the platform, which serves two tracks, LIRR spokesman Sam Zambuto said.

'Her friends were telling her, 'Stay put, stay put,' but she must have panicked,' Riley said.

Smead appeared to have crossed under the platform in an attempt to get back up on the other side when she was struck by an eastbound train on the Port Washington branch, Zambuto said.

She suffered blunt trauma to her head, pelvis and leg, and died three hours later at Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan, MTA police and officials said. MTA police are investigating the incident.

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08-07-2006, 03:18 PM
Thats sad..

08-07-2006, 03:22 PM
thats terrible..

08-07-2006, 04:10 PM
To her family and friends...my most sincere condolences!!!

08-07-2006, 08:03 PM
This is so sad. It leaves you with so many questions. How is it that she fell off of a common platform to train lines? My prayers go out to her family and friends.

08-08-2006, 09:45 AM
OH MY GOD. I WAS THERE! i didnt know what was happening. I was there later on. i didnt take the LIRR, but the 7 train (the mta subway train) is right above it outdoors (i could see the train and the tracks). there were police there before and after. I had to wait in woodside for about a half hour after i got dropped off the bus there because it was late, and i didnt know what had happened. this is so sad.

08-08-2006, 10:46 AM
That's awful.

08-08-2006, 10:48 AM
i just can't even imagine the horror that must have been for her. i hope she never saw it coming.

08-08-2006, 11:28 AM
Really sorry to hear this http://www.planetsmilies.com/smilies/sad/sad0047.gif

David R
08-08-2006, 05:03 PM
that's a terrible story...like carrie said, i hope she never saw it coming

08-16-2006, 09:32 AM
Here's a followup article on this accident. One of the local legislators there has vowed to improve the safety conditions of the train stations to make sure it doesn't happen again. The article is here (http://www.northender.com/northend_news_details.jsp?id=483), and the open letter the legislator wrote to the president of Long Island Railroads is here (http://www.northender.com/letters/letter_view.jsp?cid=46&type=story).

There's also a petition involved, though I think it's only for local people.

10-25-2006, 01:57 PM
Another update (http://www.startribune.com/462/story/764365.html). The girl's family has announced that they're suing the railroad for $5 million. Apparently, since 2004, there have been 104 accidents related to the gaps this girl fell into.

10-25-2006, 03:14 PM
I absolutely hate hearing things like this, and what a horrible thing to ruin such a potentially great night

10-25-2006, 05:14 PM
Ugh. This is so sad. She could have been going anywhere. Trains are dangerous.

11-18-2006, 07:43 PM
Another article (http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/ny-ligap1119,0,6991792.story?coll=ny-top-headlines) on this tragic event.

Warning given to cousin just before fatal gap fall

David R
11-19-2006, 08:13 AM
so sad.....i found out i know a family who was good friends with this girl