Oregon boy, 13, killed by Amtrak train

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by Associated Press and KGW Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on October 16, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 16 at 2:53 PM

GERVAIS, Ore. (AP) - A sheriff's officer says a 13-year-old Gervais, Ore., boy has been struck and killed by an Amtrak train.

Marion County sheriff's Sgt. Chris Baldridge said Diego Rodriguez was killed Tuesday about 7 p.m. as he walked with another boy along a double set of railroad tracks between Woodburn and Gervais. The other boy, 14, was not injured.

Baldridge says deputies think the boys saw the train coming from the north but didn't clear the tracks completely, believing the train was traveling on the track adjacent to the one they were on.

The sheriff's spokesman says an engineer on the train traveling from Seattle to Eugene saw a shadow on the tracks and began sounding the horn. When the engineer saw it was a person, he began emergency braking.

The 14-car train carried 65 passengers. Baldridge said he did not know the train's speed.

The sheriff's office said the family described the teen "as a good kid" and that steps were being taken to send grief councilors to his school.

 

 

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