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USC Train Death Increases Awareness

Crawling under the train or jumping the train could be deadly. Crawling under the train or jumping the train could be deadly.

By Jennifer Robinson

     USC Student Chase Campbell died last week after falling from a moving train he and three Sigma Nu fraternity brothers buddies had hopped on. 

     "It just doesn't seem real. It doesn't seem like that could happen to such a great guy," said fraternity brother Jonathan Harpe.

     Campbell's death is just one example of how South Carolinians aren't being careful when it comes to trains. South Carolina ranked 15th in both train crossing deaths and pedestrian trespassing deaths, with a total of 16 people dying in train accidents last year.

     "Usually on Thursday and Friday nights when the train stops there will be a big line of people who will do it together," Salty Nut waitress Julia Melvin says of the number of people she sees crossing the tracks.

     However, crossing the tracks comes at a price. The Columbia Police Department tickets people $465 for doing just that. Authorities hope that will prevent people from continuing the dangerous habit. Members of Sigma Nu hope so, too, saying that Campbell's death should serve as an example.

    "It's one bad decision.  No matter how great of a guy you are...one mistake...one.  I think it definitely opened everybody's eyes.  When they're thinking about doing something, they think about the consequences," says Harpe.

    A memorial service will be held for Chase Campbell today at 3pm in the Russell House Ballroom on USC's Columbia campus.

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