FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Authorities in Fort Worth say a teenager was struck and killed by a train while walking on the tracks on Thursday morning.
Initial reports were that the victim was a child, but investigators are now saying that the victim is 14-years-old.
The teen was on his way to school and doing something a lot of students do — crossing the tracks as a shortcut.
"The train sounded its air horn and put on its emergency brakes in an attempt to avoid striking the male," said Raymond Bush with the Fort Worth Police Department. "The male did not appear to hear the train behind him. The train did strike the male."
The student may have been wearing headphones or ear buds.
The accident happened in the Edge Cliff Village area, south of I-20. Investigators say the train engineer called the accident in.
A spokesman with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad says that the train is equipped with a camera that should have captured video of the incident.
The name of the teen has not been released as investigators work to locate his family.
Sgt. Bush is reminding the public about the dangers of walking on or near train tracks.
"We need to really remind people that railroad crossing are owned by the railroad companies. It's actually illegal to walk on them," said Bush. "It's extremely dangerous to be on railroad tracks or near trains whether they'r running or not."