Tragic: Model, 19, Killed by Train after she gets Stuck between Tracks during Photo Shoot
Fredzania Thompson, 19, was struck by a freight train in downtown Navasota, TX
She was in the middle of a modeling shoot on the tracks when a train approached
The teen ended up stuck when she moved onto another track where another train was coming
Thompson was a student at Blinn College, but wanted to pursue a modeling career
The young model was engaged and would have turned 20 on Monday
Thompson had recently found out she was expecting a child with her fiance
A pregnant aspiring model was killed by a freight train after she became stuck between two railroad tracks while posing for a photo shoot.
Fredzania Thompson, 19, died on Friday afternoon after being struck near the intersection of Hollister and Lee Street in downtown Navasota, police said.
The teen had been standing between two sets of tracks when a Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) train approached and she moved out of the way onto another track.
Train track tragedy: Fredzani 'Zanie' Thompson, 19, died on Friday afternoon after being struck near the intersection of Johnson Street and Railroad Street in downtown Navasota (pictured before her death)
Aspiring model: The 19-year-old was a student at Blinn College in Bryan, Texas, but she wanted to put her education on hold to pursue a modeling career
Thompson was struck near the intersection of Hollister and Lee Street in downtown Navasota
Thompson was not aware there was a Union Pacific train approaching in the opposite direction and ended up stuck. The photographer was not hurt in the accident.
Union Pacific spokesman Jeff De Graff, told the Navasota Examiner that the train crew had alerted them with the horn as they approached them and began the emergency stop process.
'Basically, you have two railroad tracks there, one is Burlington Northern to the west and one is Union Pacific to the east, and she was in between the two tracks,' Navasota Assistant City Manager Shawn Myatt said.
The young aspiring model was engaged to her boyfriend and had recently found out she was expecting a child with her fiance
'Burlington Northern had a train on their track coming and she turned back to the east to walk across the Union Pacific track and walked right in front of the Union Pacific train that was heading south.'
The incident occurred before 1pm and she was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Authorities stopped traffic in Navasota for five hours following the accident as they conducted an investigation.
Long live Zanie: Friends and family gathered at the site of the accident on Monday, when Zanie would have turned 20, to pay tribute to the young woman
The Union Pacific train had been traveling from Oklahoma to Beaumont and had 101 cars carrying grain. The speed of the train on impact is unknown, but officials said a train traveling 50mph would need over a mile to come to a full stop, the Examiner reported.
Thompson's mother, Hakamie Stevenson told The Eagle newspaper that Fredzania, who went by 'Zanie', was a student at Blinn College in Bryan, but wanted to put her education on hold to pursue modeling.
Zanie, who would have turned 20 on Monday, was a 2015 graduate of Navasota High School where she had scholarships for being a star volleyball player.
Stevenson said her daughter was known as a role model and a leader to her younger siblings and her friends knew her as a hair and makeup wiz.
Thompson was also engaged to her 25-year-old boyfriend, Darnell Chatman.
Chatman said the couple had just recently found out they were expecting a child together and was four weeks pregnant at the time of the tragedy.
On Monday friends, family, and other mourners gathered at the site of the accident to pay their tributes to the teen on her birthday.
Loved ones also took to Facebook to share heartbreaking posts in memory of the teen.
'Happy Birthday BabyGirl. We gonna miss you Zanie, just watch over us, I love you cousin,' one person wrote.