Girls Hit by Train Tell Story 

The two teenage girls who were injured

last month in a train accident near the Maine-New Hampshire border

say they remain upbeat about the future and confident that their

close friendship will pull them through.

Fourteen-year-old Rachel Brown and 13-year-old Destiny Phaneuf

appeared this afternoon at a news conference at Maine Medical

Center in Portland. From their wheelchairs, they said they’re not

going to let what happened to them cast a shadow over their lives.

Brown lost the toes of her right foot and Phaneuf lost part of

her left leg below the knee when they were struck by a train May

28. The two, who describe themselves as inseparable friends, live

in Lebanon and are eighth-graders at Noble Middle School.

Brown was discharged from the hospital Friday and Phaneuf is

looking forward to returning home a week later. They said they’re

looking ahead to adapting to prosthetics and undergoing long

periods of physical therapy.