Student death leads to rail safety plans
CALHOUN — “She was so sweet,” Charlene Threats said of her daughter Jazzmyne Ashworth, who died in a June wreck in Calhoun, Tennessee, when a train collided with the car she was the passenger in.
“She did so much in the 17 years she had with me. She made sure I knew I was loved.”
Nearly six months after the death of the Sonoraville High student, family members are still mourning her. Yet, despite her grieving, Ashworth’s mother has decided to try to make something good of this tragic death, starting a nonprofit in honor of her daughter.
Approaching Jan. 11, the date that would have been Ashworth’s 18th birthday, Threats is starting the Jazzmyne Ashworth Project. Threats’ goal is to increase the lights, safety devices and warning signs at railroad intersections.
“For Jazzmyne’s case, nothing was there. There was nothing at that site to alarm them that a train was approaching,” Threats said. “The nonprofit is to bring awareness to railroad safety.”