A 17-year-old girl who died early Sunday after her vehicle was struck by a train in Gering, Neb., was remembered as a wonderful young woman and a great representative of her high school.
Mikal Orozco of Gering was pronounced dead at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, according to Lt. Rick Spencer of the Scotts Bluff Sheriff’s Office.
Gering High School Principal Eldon Hubbard said Orozco was a senior who had a 4.0 grade-point average. She was on the honor roll and very popular with the other students, Hubbard said.
“She was a wonderful kid who worked hard to earn her grades,” he said. “She did everything right and was a wonderful representative of Gering High.”
Hubbard said crisis counselors would be available at the high school all day Monday for students and staff members.
Spencer said the accident occurred about 1:30 a.m. near the intersection of Nebraska Highway 92 and 21st Avenue. Investigators determined that Orozco, who was southbound on 21st Avenue, attempted to go around a railway crossing arm.
An eastbound Union Pacific Railroad train struck the vehicle on the passenger side. The teen was not using a seat belt.
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