Teen killed by train while crossing railroad tracks in Fort Worth

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A teen-ager was killed Sunday afternoon when he was hit by a train as he attempted to cross railroad tracks in south Fort Worth after four others had made it across, authorities said Sunday.

The teen who was not identified was pronounced dead at the scene.

No one else was injured.

Police responded to the accident shortly after 2:30 p.m. in the 700 block of Sycamore School Road near Trimble Drive involving a Union Pacific train..

An engineer reported that he saw a group of individuals near the track and sounded a whistle to alert them that the train was near them, said Raquel Espinoza, a Union Pacific spokeswoman on Sunday.

"This was not at a railroad crossing," Espinoza said. "It was about a half mile from the crossing at Sycamore School Road"

Battalion Fire Chief Richard Harrison said Sunday that the scene was quite a distance from the crossing.

"Our truck couldn't even reach the scene of the accident," Harrison said.

At some point, four individuals ran across the tracks and made it, Espinoza said.

The fifth individual was hit as he attempted to cross the tracks, authorities said.

Union Pacific officials have opened an investigation into the incident, Espinoza said.

The tracks are adjacent to softball and soccer fields in the neighborhood.

Espinoza said that the train speed for that area is 60 mph, but officials would have to download information from train computers to determine how fast it was going at the time of the accident.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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