Jenna Betti was killed on train tracks while trying to retrieve her mobile phone.
Jenna Betti was killed on train tracks while trying to retrieve her mobile phone.

Teenage girl sucked under train while getting phone

A TEENAGE girl was sucked under a freight train and killed while retrieving her cell phone from the tracks in California.

Jenna Betti, 14, was hanging out on the tracks with her boyfriend near Martinez on Sunday evening.

The train crew of the eastbound Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway freighter said they saw the teens jump out of the way as the train came around a bend, according to a company spokeswoman. 

But according to her mother, Jenna went back for her phone.

"She dropped her phone and went back to retrieve it," Dena Betti wrote in a Facebook post.

"She didn't judge the approach, and the train creates a vacuum, we were told, and it sucks you in..."

Betti, an 8th grader at Martinez Junior High School, was a popular student and star soccer player, the Huffington Post reported.

On Monday, classmates at the school wore pink -- her favourite color -- in her memory. 

Her mother's post on Facebook captures the family's despair.

"Today my beautiful daughter kissed us good bye," Dena wrote.

"She was tragically killed today by a train. She was sitting on the train tracks with her boyfriend… Why they made such a horrible decision we'll never know.

"The horn blew to alert them. He jumped south side and she cleared north side. She dropped her phone and went back to retrieve it. She didn't judge the approach.

"We are beyond devastated. Thank you for all your love, support, and prayers during this very difficult time."

The victim's boyfriend also took to social media to post a message.

"@jennabetti you were the best girlfriend I'm going to miss you. I am just happy i got to say I love you before it happened. I love you.

"If you have somebody you love then tell them how you feel everyday because the next second, you might not have the chance."


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