MARIETTA - A southbound BNSF freight train hit and severely injured a teenager who authorities said was on the tracks near the crossing at Cliffside Drive early Sunday, Aug. 10.
Railway spokesman Gus Melonas said the boy "was between the rails, sitting down," about 2 a.m. as the train headed from Vancouver, B.C., was traveling about 15 mph through the area west of the Bellingham city limits.
"They were sounding the horn, repeatedly," but the boy was struck, Melonas said.
Melonas said firefighters transported the victim, a 17-year-old boy who was not identified, to St. Joseph hospital. Melonas said the boy sustained cuts to his head and internal injuries from the impact. Train crews who treated him at the scene said he was conscious and had been knocked clear of the tracks.
Information about the boy's condition could not be obtained from the hospital.
Four trains were delayed for about two hours as officials conducted their investigation, Melonas said. It was unknown if the teenager intentionally sat in harm's way, he said.
On June 30, 2014, a man committed suicide by running into the path of a train on the railroad bridge in downtown Ferndale.
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