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Train kills student walking to school

April 22, 2009 10:26:51 AM PDT
A Metrolink train hit and killed a high school student on his way to school in Riverside on Wednesday.Police said the 15-year-old male victim was walking on the 2900 block of Jackson Street to nearby Arlington High School when he was struck at about 7:30 a.m.

The victim was reportedly walking on the sidewalk when he approached the railroad crossing. He waited until the westbound Metrolink passed.

The victim apparently did not see or hear a second oncoming eastbound Metrolink train approaching and proceeded to cross. The train fatally struck the teen.

Officials are unsure how fast the train was traveling, and some residents said the trains travel too fast for the area. Others are calling for more safety features.

"I'm not blaming the railroad company, but that school has a responsibility, and the community has a responsibility," said resident Danny Atkinson.

Atkinson pointed out that there are crossing guards at a nearby light where cars pass, but nobody watches young pedestrians at the railroad crossing.

"We got a 60 mile an hour train coming here. Nobody's watching the kids," he said.

There were 15 people aboard the train at the time, but no one inside was injured.


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