A boxing champion was killed by a train as she crossed a railway line “wearing headphones and browsing her phone”.
Amina Bulakh, 18, from the Ukraine, didn’t see the train until it was too late as she headed to her home on the outskirts of Kiev.
Cops said that she was at a designated crossing but was not able to get out of the way in time last Thursday.
Onlookers said she didn’t hear the train approaching as she was wearing headphones and looking at her mobile phone.
Amina, an amateur boxer, was a Ukrainian women’s youth champion.
She won a bronze medal at the European youth boxing championship in Bulgaria, last September.
Her coach Victor Fosechko said he struggled to take in the news when he was told by Amina’s mother.
He told Oboevatel: “At first I didn’t even understand.
“I said ‘Anya (Amina’s mum) everything will be fine’
“And then like a blow to the head ‘Amina is gone’.”
He was her coach for eight years and told how he initially turned her down saying he didn’t train girls.
Victor said: “A little slim girl of 10 years came in and said she wanted to be a boxer.
“I didn’t train girls at the time. It was even strange for me.”
After she kept coming back he agreed.
Then he sent her to a tournament organised by a colleague and Amina started winning medals.
Amina had been studying in Poland and had gone home for a few weeks when the tragedy happened.
A Ukraine boxing federation statement read: “Tragic circumstances have taken the life of Ukraine youth female team member Amina Bulakh.”
A Facebook message from the organisation said: “We will never forget you Amin Bulakh.”
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