Elena Bayerl, 19, hit by train while listening to music with earbuds

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Earbuds are great, but having them in your head while out and about carries a sometimes underappreciated risk -- they block out the sounds of everything happening around you, and some of them are important to hear.

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Elena Bayerl, a 19-year-old Isanti-area resident, learned that lesson the hard way yesterday when she was hit by a train she couldn't hear because she had earbuds in.

According to Isanti County authorities, Bayerl was walking with two men along the railroad tracks just south of Isanti around 3:30 p.m. when a train approached. Her acquaintances yelled at her to get out of the way, but she couldn't hear them or the train whistle.

Bayerl's acquaintances ran to grab her out of the way, but by the time the two were within arm's length it was too late. She was struck by the train, which at the time was moving about 50 miles per hour.

The Isanti County News reports that Bayerl remained conscious after being hit and was transported to the Hennepin County Medical Center, where at last update she was in critical condition.

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Tanker10
Tanker10

Really hope she comes out of this O K .

katienell
katienell

Okay, I know a lot of you are going to hate on me for this but seriously! Leave the poor girl alone. She is fighting for her life and her friends and family can see what you are saying. When she recovers (and hopefully she will recover) she will see these. And... we don't really know the facts. We know she was walking on the track and we know she was wearing earbuds but that's all we know. We don't know why she was walking on the tracks - maybe it cut miles out of a walk home or something. We don't know if the earbuds were impeding her ability to hear a train or not and... how much of an issue is that? What if she'd have been deaf?

Instead of leaving a nasty comment here, please go show someone some love. If not Elena, than someone else in your life who may be struggling.  (Sorry to rant. It's just an issue close to my heart.)

hnrutten
hnrutten

Stay off the damned tracks - period!!  Number 1 its DANGEROUS, Number 2 its not public grounds it is the property of the railroad and if you are walking on the tracks or in the right of way of the tracks you are TRESPASSING and can and should be prosecuted for trespassing.. The girl will be lucky if she makes it .. and maybe I am heartless but I have no sympathy for those that do not use common sense.  The people I feel sympathy for is the train crew that had to witness it .. they will have to relive that horror forever.  

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

what about the vibrations?  

Snowboarders are to blame...

Shawn Kuiper
Shawn Kuiper

In reality walking on the tracks or within the right of way is trespassing, ear buds or not trains always win I have investigated enough to know teach your children to stay away from the tracks and at 19 yrs old this should have been a consideration by the young lady, rarely if ever people live after getting hit by a train and the ones that do live usually wish they did not ... This is an unfortunate incident that was easily preventable .....

Shawn Taylor
Shawn Taylor

It is very dangerous to wear headphones or ear buds when out walking in public. I especially caution women against this. It makes them an easier target if they can't hear a bad guy approaching from behind. A friend of mine almost got ran over by a horse while she was running one day beacuse she was listening to music and couldn't hear it behind her.

Dale Burback
Dale Burback

Common sense is not all that common these days

Leticia Moreno
Leticia Moreno

Jeremy, I hope you're not calling her stupid. It was an innocent mistake and thank God it wasn't her time. Lets pray for a quick recovery for her so she can grow up and continue with her life

kyl3wyld
kyl3wyld

Why was she wearing earbuds while in the company of 2 other people? that's just plain rude.

Talia TK Kay
Talia TK Kay

So glad to hear that this didn't take her life, what a miracle that is.

Jeremy Hop
Jeremy Hop

Can't cure stupid actions until near death happens....even then;

Angela Salzl
Angela Salzl

If your on the wood beams u typically won't feel the vibrations unless the train is really full! the metal tracks yes but most don't walk on that. But who would assume " better not wear headphones so i don't get hit by a train" that's an unrealistic expectation! Scary rare shit happens! Hope she heals and all is well in the end

Taylor Nelson
Taylor Nelson

1.) She's still alive. 2.) if people are going to use earbuds while in public, they should consider how loud they are listening to music while doing so.

Sammy L Cater
Sammy L Cater

yes lets blame the ear buds, and not the fact she was walking on tracks.

Talia TK Kay
Talia TK Kay

This is the second time in less than 2 years that I have heard of this happening. I just don't understand it....why would anybody go walking on the train tracks without being able to hear if a train is coming or not? So dangerous. This is very, very sad. RIP, Elena.

hnrutten
hnrutten

@Angel L Bernard Cater  Exactly - not only walking on the tracks but trespassing on railroad property - but you know, this will be all about the evil earbuds and not about the lack of common sense.

hnrutten
hnrutten

@Talia Kay  The real question is Why would anybody be walking on the train tracks to begin with? - What people do not seem to understand is that the tracks are not public property, in fact when you are walking on train tracks you are trespassing on railroad property, you do not have the legal right to walk on or near the tracks.   This is a sad situation .. but the only people I can show true sympathy for is the train crew involved in this senseless accident .. this will haunt them for a lifetime.  I hope the girl pulls through, but all I can do is shake my head at her, senseless.  Where has common sense gone??


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