Sadly, a train struck and killed a 1-year-old girl in Missouri on Saturday, May 13. Harper’s parents, Daylea and Hunter, who refused to give their last names, claimed their daughter was just a few weeks away from turning two.
In a Facebook post, the Ray County Sheriff’s Office labeled it a “tragic event” and begged the public to respect the family’s privacy. According to the obituary, Harper’s funeral will be held on Thursday, May 18, at Thurman Funeral Home.
Today the sheriff's office along with multiple agencies worked a tragic event in Hardin. At this time we will not be…Posted by Ray County Sheriff's Office on Saturday, 13 May 2023
Harper was very adventurous, as Daylea, Harper’s mom, stated. She was never keen to do anything alone. She was never looking for assistance. Nobody is to blame. Daylea also expressed her concern about the train’s conductor. Harper was a content baby. She adored everyone, Daylea said.
When he and other first responders arrived at the scene on Saturday, Sheriff Scott Childers expressed how moved they were by the tragedy. Childers said that he hopes the railroad, county, and city will build a barrier around the railroad lines in his hamlet and other villages near train tracks, according to the source.
On Saturday, the Ray County Sheriff’s Office addressed the incident on Facebook, writing, that today the sheriff’s office, along with multiple agencies, worked a tragic event in Hardin. They shall not make any remarks at this time and urge that one pray for everyone who has been impacted by today’s incident and respect their privacy.
Sheriff Scott Childers commented on the post, saying he was personally “struggling with the situation,” and that he “can’t fathom the trauma the family is going through.”
Because of the nasty insults and queries put on the Facebook page, comments had to be disabled. Childers addressed the situation by saying, This is a small community, and they need to lift each other up rather than tear each other down.
While it is unknown how the 1-year-old child found herself on the train tracks or where her parents were at the time of the event, this terrible tale emphasizes the need to exercise caution near railway lines. Jennifer DeAngelis, communications director for the charity rail safety organization Operation Lifesaver Inc., said every three hours in the United States, a person or vehicle is hit by a train.
Walking on railway lines is trespassing, it’s unlawful, and it’s highly hazardous, DeAngelis stated. The only safe location to cross is at a marked railway crossing, so if you’re a pedestrian, you may have to travel a little farther in one direction or the other to cross the tracks.
A monument has been established for Harper along the railway lines where she died. A GoFundMe page has also been established for the family’s anticipated expenditures as a result of this tragic tragedy. Over $20,000 has been raised thus far to assist the family.
After a tragic accident this morning and the loss of Hunter and Daylea’s sweet baby Harper, they have put together this Go Fund Me to help with the unforeseen upcoming expenses and for future needs for them and their little family, Heather Tole, presumably a family acquaintance, wrote. Anything would assist, and prayers are always appreciated!
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