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January 13, 2014

Teen hit by train learns hard lesson

Ada — An Ada teen is lucky to be alive after being hit by a train Sunday.

Ada police did not release the teen’s name due to his age. The 16-year-old male was walking down the tracks when the incident occurred just after 9 a.m.

Ada police spoke with the Burlington Northern Sante Fe train’s conductor and the train’s engineer.

“(The train conductor) advised (the minor) was walking southwest on the tracks with his back facing the train,” patrol officer Jaron Ballagh wrote in a report. “The train was heading southwest as well. They said they were going 20-miles-per-hour and were blowing their train horn constantly and applied their emergency brakes but (the minor) did not move off the tracks or ever see them. They believe they (hit the teen) at about 10-miles-per-hour.”

The train rolled over the teen after the collision. The conductor said once they got the train stopped, the boy crawled out from under the second locomotive.

“(The teen) said he had his headphones in and could not hear the train and that is why he didn’t move off the tracks,” Ballagh wrote.

The teen was taken by Mercy EMS to Mercy Hospital Ada. According to radio traffic, the teen suffered a broken leg and abrasions and was complaining of chest pain, but he did not suffer life-threatening injuries.

“(The minor) was trespassing on private property since he was walking on BNSF railroad tracks, but he was not issued a citation for trespassing,” Ballagh wrote.

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