2 Teen Girls Hugged, Stepped in Front of Train

Third Pennsylvania girl got cold feet just before suicide

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 1, 2010 9:24 AM CST

(Newser) – Two girls killed by a speeding Amtrak train last week in Pennsylvania actually committed suicide, according to a witness and autopsy results. Vanessa Dorwart and Gina Gentile, 15 and 16, stepped on to the tracks Thursday morning just before an Acela from Boston to Washington, DC, came through town. A third girl who had planned to join them in ending her life says they embraced before being hit by the train.

Both girls were apparently upset by the recent death of Gentile’s boyfriend in a traffic accident, the Delaware County Daily Times reports. Along with the witness’ account of events, the coroner concluded that the nature of their injuries shows they were struck head on, not while attempting to cross the tracks. Police believe as many as seven persons could have been, or still are, involved in a suicide pact.

An Acela Express train approaches Boston's South Station.
An Acela Express train approaches Boston's South Station.   (AP Photo)
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They know they cannot bring their daughters back. What they want to know now, is what can be done so this doesn’t happen to any other parent. - Norwood Police Chief Mark DelVecchio, on the girls' parents

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