Fort Worth student killed by train may have been wearing headphones

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by LAUREN ZAKALIK

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Posted on May 15, 2014 at 8:02 AM

Updated Thursday, May 15 at 5:45 PM

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FORT WORTH -- There was a tragedy on the tracks Thursday in Fort Worth.

"Every day," said Lyndsey Perez. "There's trains that go through there all day... you see kids walking down [the tracks] all the time."

And the very thing Perez feared would happen one day, did.

Thursday morning around 7:15, a South Hills High School sophomore was walking southbound on train tracks before school near Interstate 20 and Wayside.

A BNSF train came up behind the student. Fort Worth police say the engineer tried to stop and blew the horn to warn the student, but it was too late. The train struck the young man and he died at the scene, according to Sgt. Raymond Bush.

One South Hills student says the victim was intelligent and top of his class.

Police are looking into whether the teenager was wearing headphones, which might explain why he didn't move out of the way when the train wailed its horn in warning.

"By second period everyone was talking about it," says senior Luis Martinez.

That's because so many students from schools in this area of Fort Worth take that very same path, even though they know it's dangerous. Martinez says he's done it himself.

"I guess it’s a short cut, I don't know," he says. "Just trying to get to school fast."

Perez wishes the railroad would put up a fence. She couldn't help but cry Thursday when speaking with News 8 as she thought of all the children, as young as 8 years old, who take that risky path and still make it to school-- and the one child who didn't.

According to FWISD spokesman Clint Bond, grief counselors were brought in for students and will remain at school as long as children need them. The medical examiner's office has not yet released the boy's identity.

E-mail: lzakalik@wfaa.com

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