Teen Listening to iPod Survives Train Accident; Another Tragically Dies
On Friday, a 16-year-old Ohio teen was reportedly listening to her iPod when she was clipped by a train, says the Associated Press. The State Highway Patrol said the train's engineers used their horn to warn Isatu Kanu, a Olentangy Orange High School sophomore, of the approaching train, but with her coat hood up and headphones in her ear, she didn't seem to react.
Isatu was flung into gravel, and suffered a gash on her leg. She was flown to a local hospital, and is expected to make a full recovery, but Norfolk Southern police are still deciding whether to charge her with trespassing on railroad property in hopes of discouraging other teens from taking the shorcut.
In Pennsylvania, another teen was reportedly listening to her headphones while walking near a train crossing, but Erika Stefan tragically lost her life when a train struck and killed her on Sunday. Like in Isatu's case, the train blared its horn, but according to ABC, the coroner's office said she probably couldn't hear the warning.
While many experts worry that listening to loud music on headphones may causing hearing loss, it seems there's another reason to turn the volume down. It's difficult to hear periphery noises when your music is blaring, and while it may be fun to tune the world out, it can also be very dangerous.
Do you listen to your music so loudly that you can't hear anything else? After reading these stories, would you consider turning the volume lower? %Poll-56714%