Teen boy hit, killed by train in Marysville

One teen was killed and another was injured when they were hit by a train in Marysville Friday night.

A 16-year-old boy was pronounced dead at the scene. A 16-year-old girl was taken to the hospital with critical injuries, Marysville Police Deputy Chief Aaron Easton said. No other information was available about the victims.

According to Union Pacific spokesperson Aaron Hunt, the teens had their backs to the freight train while they were walking southbound along Union Pacific property. The train engineer saw the teens from a distance and sounded the horn. The engineer also attempted to stop the train.

Hunt said there was ample time for the teens to leave Union Pacific property after the horn sounded. It is unclear if the teens were walking on the tracks when they were hit by the train.

The crash happened around 7 p.m. just south of the Highway 70 and 17th Street crossing, a block from Marysville High School and near a little league park where a game was being played.

People who were at the game said they heard a long blowing of the train's horn, and many raced to the scene as the train came to a stop.

A school board official told the Marysville Appeal-Democratthat the victims were heading to a Sadie Hawkins day dance.

Union Pacific police are investigating the incident. They are expected to continue the investigation through the weekend.

Hunt said the freight train was headed to Roseville from Oregon.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story)


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