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Police: Fort Worth teen who died in train accident was wearing earbuds

A teenager was killed Tuesday afternoon in south Fort Worth when he was struck by a train he apparently didn’t hear because he was wearing earbuds, police said.

There is nothing to suggest that the teen’s death was “anything other than a tragic accident,” said homicide Sgt. Joe Loughman.

The incident happened a little more than a year after another Fort Worth teen was hit by a train and killed while wearing headphones.

The identity of the teen killed Tuesday had not been released as of Wednesday but police said he was 16.

The incident happened shortly before 1:30 p.m. near W. Biddison Street and Ryan Avenue.

“The young man was walking on the train tracks wearing earbuds and was struck by the train, causing his death,” Loughman said.

On May 15, 2014, Jonathan Martinez, a sophomore at South Hills High School, was killed when he was struck by a train near Wayside Avenue and Interstate 20 at the Fort Worth and Edgecliff Village city limits.

Police officials had said in that incident, the engineer blew a horn and put the emergency brake on but could not avoid hitting the teen.

In July 2012, a 14-year-old boy was killed in Wise County after he was struck by a train while walking on the tracks and listening to music on earphones.

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655

Twitter: @deannaboyd

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