Watertown Woman Killed by Train in South Attleboro

The woman was struck by an Amtrak train on Wednesday afternoon.


The woman struck and killed by an Amtrak train Wednesday afternoon in South Attleboro was 26-year-old Laura Kibuuka of Watertown. MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo released the information on her identity Friday afternoon. 

Kibuuka was struck by an Acela Express train near the station at 1315 Newport Ave., which can reach up to 150 mph. Pesaturo said Wednesday that it was unclear why she was on the track. He said Friday that the incident remains under investigation by the MBTA Transit Police.

There were 197 passengers aboard the train, which was traveling from Washington D.C. to Boston. No passengers or crew members were injured. 

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GB January 05, 2013 at 02:34 AM
Perhaps she didn't know English!!!!
BL January 05, 2013 at 05:35 AM
BP January 05, 2013 at 06:39 AM
The number that sticks out is Amtrak employee injuries. Is it? A. Amtrak employees milk it? OR B. The other railroads hide employee injuries. The five finalists in the 2013 I.B.A.Richard Cranium Railroad Operator contest with 60 days of reports missing yet. So far Joey Boardman --Amtrak is way ahead with Mikey-CSX a distant 2nd. Warren who is old as dirt is way behind. http://fastlane.dot.gov/2012/12/2011-safety-numbers-show-decline-in-traffic-fatalities-but-dots-work-continues.html#.UOVfum-TrTo The updated Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data shows 2011 also saw the lowest fatality rate ever recorded, with 1.10 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled in 2011, down from 1.11 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled in 2010. (1 fatality per 90,909,091 miles traveled)
BP January 05, 2013 at 06:39 AM
January TO October, 2012 AMTRAK -Total fatalities: 97 Total nonfatal conditions: 1,463 Killed crossings-28 Killed Pedestrians-64 Killed Passengers-4 Killed workers-0 Injured crossings-137 Injured pedestrians-31 Injured workers-572 Injured passengers-576 Total train miles: 33,814,976 1 killed per 348,608 miles traveled In 100 million miles Amtrak kills 287 people not 1.1 people. ++++++++ BNSF-Total fatalities: 73 Total nonfatal conditions: 608 Killed crossings-32 Killed Pedestrians-37 Killed Passengers-0 Killed workers-0 Injured crossings-77 Injured pedestrians-46 Injured workers-397 Injured passengers-0 Total train miles: 159,783,002 1 killed per 2,188,808 miles traveled In 100 million miles BNSF kills 46 people not 1.1 people. ++++++++ CSX- Total fatalities: 86 Total nonfatal conditions: 399 Killed crossings-28 Killed Pedestrians-57 Killed Passengers-0 Killed workers-2 Injured crossings-119 Injured pedestrians-72 Injured workers-184 Injured passengers-0 Total train miles: 83,610,301 1 killed per 972,213 miles traveled In 100 million miles CSX kills 103 people not 1.1 people.
BP January 05, 2013 at 06:39 AM
++++++++Norfolk Southern-Total fatalities: 73 Total nonfatal conditions: 391 Killed crossings-17 Killed Pedestrians-55 Killed Passengers-0 Killed workers-0 Injured crossings-89 Injured pedestrians-44 Injured workers-183 Injured passengers-0 Total train miles: 73,999,677 1 killed per 1,013,694 miles traveled In 100 million miles NS kills 99 people not 1.1 people. +++++++ Union Pacific-Total fatalities: 114 Total nonfatal conditions: 770 Killed crossings-44 Killed Pedestrians-61 Killed Passengers-0 Killed workers-5 Injured crossings-149 Injured pedestrians-80 Injured workers-384 Injured passengers-0 Total train miles: 140,664,592 1 killed per 1,233,900 miles traveled. In 100 million miles UP kills 81 people not 1.1 people.
John DiMascio January 06, 2013 at 06:44 AM
Good Lord GB.. the girl was on a railroad track for some unexplained reason. Speaking English isn't the issue. They have railroad tracks all over the world. People know trains travel on the tracks and can't stop on a dime. This is tragedy that shouldn't be exploited to promote any other agenda. Who knows what she was thinking. The poor girl is dead. She has family. I know you and it's not your intent to be hurtful. But that's clearly an insensitive remark. We both agree that immigrants should learn English. But for Pete's sake this isn't the time to bring this up, especially since knowing the language isn't germane to her demise. Any sapient person doesn't need to read a warning a sign to know that trains travel on tracks and it's dangerous to walk there. I'm not implying the girl was not smart. Obviously she was unfortunately careless or for some other reason put herself in danger.
ss January 07, 2013 at 07:34 AM
She was a Brown Medical student who spoke English better than half of these Americans and she was brilliant at that...So if you people do not have anything nice to say please abstain from saying anything at all.....especially if you do not know her. This was not particularly directed to you John
John DiMascio January 07, 2013 at 09:30 AM
SS,,, it shouldn't remotely be directed at me. All I said was she placed herself in danger for some unknown reason. Lord only knows why. This is tragedy and no time to be discussing the language she spoke. That said, No one has mentioned women's rights or guns in this conversation. But Mr. Cavaretta is another that can't resist bringing other things in to this conversation. Seems to me that he is the one with an agenda to spread. This is tragic event period. We should be praying for the girl and her family.
TheDeathHorse January 07, 2013 at 03:25 PM
Hmm. Sounds like a better person than you.
John DiMascio January 08, 2013 at 11:15 AM
I see and what exactly have I said about immigrants? I'm the son of an immigrant. And where have I attacked women's rights? Oh excuse me, defending the right of the unborn being slaughtered daily is considered a woman's right. Finally, I'm not against "reasonable" legislation to control gun violence. We ought to start by enforcing the laws we have.
Natalia January 11, 2013 at 07:12 PM
Laura was a medical student at Brown, and as amazing friend, I cannot believe this. Words cannot say and tears cannot show what you mean to me, through your amazing achievements and selfless actions were got each other through high-school, college, and life with laughter and friendship. You were, and still are, the most determined person I've ever met in my life. You are in inspiration to everyone you've met and a treasure to everyone who's life you touch. "Some people come into our lives, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never ever the same." Rest in heavenly peace princess, you'll always be loved and remembered ♥
Natalia January 11, 2013 at 07:14 PM
She was the most dedicated and determined person I know, and it is a pleasure to have been been friend.
Natalia January 11, 2013 at 07:15 PM
She knew better English than the rest of us, she spoke beautifully and wrote amazing papers.
edkay January 18, 2013 at 11:36 PM
Kibuuka, of Watertown, Mass., originally hailed from Mengo, Uganda, where she was inspired to pursue medicine “in part from her experience in Africa with the AIDS epidemic,” Paxson wrote. Kibuuka, who graduated with a degree in biology from the University of Massachusetts at Boston in 2009, also had a history of community service. Kibuuka taught English as a Second Language to adults in Watertown and served as a mathematics teaching assistant for rising first-years at the University of Massachusetts, Paxson wrote. Kibuuka also interned with the biotechnology company Genzyme as an undergraduate and worked at the Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease at Massachusetts General Hospital as a research technician.
Tabula Joel January 20, 2013 at 11:44 AM
Laura's remains have been put to rest today 20 Jan 2013 but as her biological brothers and sisters, it will take us Gods mercy to forget some issues. You will always be remembered by your brothers Jonah, Joel and sisters Marjorie, Rose and Stella. May God grant us comfort in these trying moments and help us answer the un answered questions. May God receive your soul with joy coz we are sure your in the safe hands of the Lord almighty. R.I.P Laura Nakamya Leila
Natalia January 21, 2013 at 02:55 PM
Joel, I would like to extend my deepest condolences to you and your entire family. Laura will always be remembered. She was an exceptional classmate, coworker, friend, family member, care taker, and everything she took on she did an amazing job at. She always put her all into everything and I couldn’t have asked for a more caring and loving friend. I went to highschool and college with Laura and I miss her terribly. Rest in heavenly peace Laura, may you live on in the hearts of those you touched.


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