Teen killed by train while crossing railroad tracks in Fort Worth

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FORT WORTH -- A teenager was killed Sunday afternoon when he was hit by a train while attempting to cross railroad tracks in south Fort Worth. Four other friends made it across the tracks unharmed, authorities said Sunday.

The 16-year-old boy, who was not identified Sunday, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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 nearing, said Raquel Espinoza, a Union Pacific spokeswoman.

"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.

The five boys ages 15 to 16 had walked between the cars of a parked train and then ran across another set of tracks in front of the moving train, said police Cpl. Tracey Knight on Sunday.

"The boys were headed to a neighborhood store," Knight said. "One of the boys tripped, got up and made it across. The fifth boy tried to cross but didn't make it."

Union Pacific officials have begun an investigation of the incident, Espinoza said. The tracks are adjacent to softball and soccer fields in the neighborhood.

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

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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