A new mother was killed when a train collided with her car on a level crossing in the US.
Rhonda Clay’s partner went over the barrier to beat an oncoming train, Texas police said.
Brittinie Green, 32, has been charged with manslaughter after Rhonda, 30, was pronounced dead on the spot in eastern Harris County.
She was driven home from the hospital after giving birth to a premature girl.
But was ejected from the BMW X3 after it was hit by the passenger train from New Orleans to Los Angeles on Wednesday, the Houston Chronicle reports.
The force of the impact sent the car a few hundred meters over the rails at 5 p.m. local time.
Green is accused of recklessly causing her partner’s death by driving around the level crossings and on the rails, court documents say.
Delegates said that the arms of the barrier were down as Green circled them, indicating that a train was approaching.
Rhonda and Green became friends in high school and moved in together in May, mother Cassandra Clay said with a broken heart.
She added, “I knew her, I know it wasn’t willful. She’ll have things against herself more than we do.”
Rhonda got pregnant from IVF treatment after several years of trying.
Almost three weeks ago, she was taken to hospital with pregnancy complications, and doctors performed a caesarean section on Monday.
Clay gave birth to her 24-week-old daughter named Lovely.
The family says their faith will now carry them on. The family will raise Rhonda’s newborn daughter.
Rhonda’s brother Caleb told ABC13, “My sister was at every job I had when I was in school. She was my biggest supporter.”
Her other brother James added, “I want to tell my sister I love her. She means everything to me. That’s my best friend. We grew up together.”