Teen hit by train Thursday identified

Posted Friday, May. 16, 2014  comments  Print Reprints

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Authorities have identified the teenager who was hit by a train early Thursday while walking on railroad tracks.

Jonathan Martinez, 15, was identified Friday by the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office.

He was a sophomore at South Hills High School, according to the Fort Worth Independent School District’s Facebook page.

The incident was reported about 7:15 a.m. Thursday near Wayside Avenue and Interstate 20, at the Fort Worth and Edgecliff Village city limits. The train was southbound and the teen was walking in the same direction on the tracks, police said.

Police said Martinez was wearing headphones and walking with his back to the oncoming train.

An engineer sounded a whistle and applied emergency brakes when Martinez was spotted on the tracks, but the teen did not hear the train, police said.

A spokesman for the BNSF Railway said the company was investigating the incident. He said officials will review video and audio recordings from devices on the train.

On Friday, fellow students teachers and staff at South Hills High gathered at the campus flagpole to conduct a memorial for Martinez, according to a post on the school district’s Facebook page.

“The Fort Worth ISD has provided counselors on campus since the accident was first reported,” the post stated. “Counselors will remain available for as long as needed.”

Bill Miller, 817-390-7684 Twitter: @Bill_MillerST

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