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Boy, 14, Killed After Being Hit by Amtrak in Kirkwood

The victim was hit this afternoon near Leffingwell Avenue. Witnesses said he was wearing headphones on the tracks.

Updated at 2:35 a.m. with hospital information

A 14-year-old boy was killed this afternoon after he was hit by an Amtrak passenger train in Kirkwood, police told Patch.

The accident happened at about 4:25 p.m.

"This is a real tragedy. I myself have a 16-year-old daughter," Brandon Schwartzburt of St. Charles told Patch. He was waiting at the to pick up his father.

Det. David Smith of the said he could not yet release any details about the victim's name or where he was from.

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Smith said the victim was walking westbound on the tracks at Leffingwell Avenue when he was hit. He was transported to Mercy Hospital, where he was treated and pronounced dead by medical staff, according to a Kirkwood Police press release.

Smith told Patch the investigation was ongoing, but no foul play was suspected.

Authorities said the person was walking on the track while wearing headphones, according to Fox2. Witnesses said they believed it was a young man who walked on the tracks on a daily basis with a backpack and headphones.

An Amtrak spokesperson told Patch the train involved in the accident was Amtrak’s Missouri River Runner train, which was heading toward Kansas City. It remained on the tracks for several hours during the investigation of the accident and finally pulled out of the Kirkwood train station to complete its trip at about 7:15 p.m. 

Schwartzburt, whose father lives in Creve Coeur and was returning from Joliette, IL, said the engineer of the train sounded like he was shaken up by the accident. People at the station knew what had happened because the news trickled into them over their cell phones, Schwartzburt told Patch.

The Amtrak spokesperson said there were no injuries for the driver or anyone on board the train. He said the person involved in the accident was trespassing on the railroad tracks, which are owned by Union Pacific.

The Amtrak spokesperson added that at this time any further details would have to be handled through the local police, which is currently investigating the accident.

Kirkwood police told Patch they had no more information at the time.

dan flaws May 30, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Victum died, friend's parents were on that train she helped (she's an RN) along with a bunch of emergency people but he didn't make it...
BP May 31, 2012 at 05:04 AM
http://www.nhtsa.gov/PR/NHTSA-05-11 U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood """ with 1.09 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled""" one death in 917,431,119 miles traveled ++++++++++++++++++ 2010 Amtrak ---40.6 million total train miles 132 deaths 1 death per 307,575 miles traveled Amtrak in 917,431,119 train miles has 2983 deaths. NOT 1.
BP May 31, 2012 at 05:09 AM
""" He said the person involved in the accident was trespassing on the railroad tracks, which are owned by Union Pacific.""" Please remove this Amtraks talkin head JURY TAMPERING hogwash. Trespassing would be climbing a eight foot fence---bagging the security cameras---and kneeing the security people. A swimming pool requires a security fence but a multi ton train with no brakes or steering doesn't because?
John F Crowley June 07, 2012 at 08:45 PM
If you do not have a persons or companies permission to be on their property its called trespassing

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