Teenager killed by train in Junction City

Teenager killed by train in Junction City

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. -- A teenage boy was hit and killed by a train in Junction City at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Junction City police officials said.

Police responded to a "train vs. teen" accident reported at Front St. and 6th. They arrived to find the youth two blocks down the road alongside the tracks parallel with 4th Street. The teenager was declared dead at the scene.

Investigators said that the person was hit by an Amtrak passenger train going south through Junction City at around 75 mph. The conductor reported that he spotted a group of three teenagers at the railway's intersection with 6th Street and immediately activated the emergency brakes and blew the train's horn.

The train finally came to a complete stop near First Street. Officials said that the train engineer was not impaired during the incident.

Officials reported that only one teenager was injured, the other two youths were not hurt during the incident.

Junction City residents at the scene said they knew the victim as a classmate, an 8th grade boy.

In a press release, police said they will be working with the school district to help students cope with the loss when they return to classes on Monday.

The scene was closed down for three hours while officers re-constructed the accident and interviewed witnesses and Amtrak personnel.

For more information on train safety visit the Operation Lifesaver website.

Anyone who witnessed or has additional information about the incident is asked to call the Junction City Police Department at 541-998-1245.

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