LSU student killed by Tuscaloosa trainBy Rebecca Rakowitz | 01/11/2017 11:00pm
A young woman was struck and killed by a trail while crossing the tracks at the intersection of 14th Street and 10th Street on Monday. CW / Mike Finnegan
A visiting LSU student was fatally hit by a Tuscaloosa train at 11:53 p.m. Monday night, not long after the National Championship football game ended.
Katie Keogh, 20, came from Baton Rouge to visit friends and was among several who were walking home Monday night. Several attempted to beat the Norfolk Southern train by foot, when Keogh was struck. Reports say witnesses attempted CPR, but were unsuccessful.
The accident occurred on the railroad tracks at 10th Avenue and 14th Street, an area surrounded by several student housing options. The tracks are crossed by thousands of student each day – be it by car, bike or foot.
Keogh, a sophomore at LSU, had recently switched her major to psychology. Her mother told The Advocate that she had hoped to become an industrial psychologist.
“She wanted to get her Ph.D. because she had such a connection with people,” said Patte Pinocci Keogh. “She always put other people first.”
Abby Grand, a friend of Keogh’s, told The Advocate that Keogh was a motherly person that was motivated by helping people.
“Her personality is what has people so torn up about her,” Grand said. “She was always sick with worrying about everyone else and not herself…She was one of the best friends that anyone could have.”
David Grady, Vice President of Student Life, sent an email to students on Tuesday saying the UA community was saddened to learn of the tragic death. He encouraged impacted students to contact the Counseling Center and said that the accident is a “sad and stark reminder” of the dangers associated with rail crossings.
"Please do all that you can to keep yourself and your fellow students safe this semester," Grady said after reminding members of the community to be cautious and stay alert near railroad tracks.
Students can contact the Counseling Center at 205-348-3863 or https://counseling.sa.ua.edu/. They can also text BAMA to 741-741 and communicate with a trained volunteer at the Crisis Text Line.