Named as such because of the oft-mistaken assumption that the victim was a young girl, traingirl’s story is nevertheless memorable. On August 25, 1991 in Downers Grove, Illinois, a fan of the railroad was filming the purported last run of a specific train on the Burlington Northern line.
During that filming, 41-year-old Mary T. Wojtyla, who was of a smaller-than-average stature (hence the mistaken nickname of the clip), and her divorce lawyer started to cross the multiple sets of train tracks. The clip starts with a west-facing train stationary as the railroad’s warning bells sound. A few seconds later, another train’s horn loudly sounds.
One woman, at hearing this, turns back toward the platform. A few moments after the woman reaches the platform to wait, Mary and her lawyer come into frame and are heading across the tracks. After a few steps, and presumably because of the train horn, Mary starts to pick up her pace; starting to jog. Just as she does, the train sounding its horn comes into view from behind the stationary train. Mary’s lawyer sees it and stops just in time. Mary sees it at the last possible moment, and as she tries to stop, slides into the train’s path. It strikes her with its right front and sends her quickly out of frame. The train is said to have been going approximately 60 miles per hour.
This video was one of the first that I remember being somewhat viral even outside of the shock and gore community.