Subscribe for 99¢

JEFFERSON COUNTY • Authorities Monday identified a 15-year-old girl from Hillsboro who was hit and killed by a Union Pacific train in Jefferson County Sunday afternoon.

Shianne N. Haines, 15, was one of five minors swimming in Joachim Creek near a train trestle in the Hematite area, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said.

Witnesses said the five climbed up to the trestle to jump off into the creek below when a train approached. Three of the youths jumped to safety, said Grant Bissell, a spokesman for the sheriff's office. Two, including Haines, tried to run down the trestle and away from the train. One made it to safety, but Haines was hit. 

Deputies responded at 12:41 p.m. to the 4700 block of State Highway P.

Haines was pronounced dead at the scene.

Erin Heffernan is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Breaking News e-newsletter

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.