December 18, 2014
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A 13-year-old boy was killed when he tried to outrun a freight train in Fresno.
The boy, who's name has not been released, was walking with three friends when he decided to try to beat the train as they approached tracks Thursday. The safety arms were down and lights flashing.
Authorities say the other boys yelled for him to stop, but he kept going.
The engineer of the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe train was unable to stop.
Fresno Police Sgt. Greg Noll said the boy was thrown at least 150 feet.
Grief counselors have been deployed to a Fresno middle school to talk to students about the death. The school district is also sending a letter to parents about the incident.