Galt teen dies after being struck by freight train

A Galt teen struck by a freight train Friday night has died, according to Galt police.

Kyle Gunther, 14, was struck at about 8:20 p.m. near C and 4th streets in Galt. Union Pacific spokesperson Aaron Hunt said the boy tried to race the approaching northbound train, crossed the tracks and was hit.

The teen was conscious and talking when he was transported to the hospital with "severe injuries," Hunt said. Gunther died later Friday night, Galt police said.

Galt High School Principal Maria Orr issued a statement Saturday about Gunther's death. She noted that the school will have counselors available Monday for students and staff.

"As a small school in a close knit community, we are in shock and devastated by the loss of our student." Orr wrote. "Kyle was a member of our JV football team. His teammates are most affected by his passing.

"Our hearts go out to Kyle's friends and family," she wrote.

The train conductor sounded the horn as a warning before the teen was hit. Hunt said the conductor and the train engineer are being interviewed by Union Pacific.

The train was traveling at least 30 miles per hour through Galt as it headed to Oregon. The Union Pacific Police Department is continuing to investigate.


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