Train hits, kills teen in South Redding

REDDING, Calif. - Redding police responded to South Redding Wednesday morning where a train hit a pedestrian.

Redding Police Sgt. Mark Montgomery said a teenager was killed.

"A juvenile, a teenager was crossing the tracks toward Highway 273," said Montgomery. "They didn't see or didn't hear the train coming."

Police said Wednesday afternoon that the teen was wearing headphones at the time of the collision. It is unknown if he could not hear or see the approaching train. 

Union Pacific authorities responded to the scene as the primary investigating agency. 

The collision happened around 8:45 a.m. near Star Drive and Eastside Road, just off Highway 273. Police spoke to the engineer of the train who told them there was not sufficient time to stop for the teenager who was crossing the tracks.

Police said according to witness statements, the young man was running eastbound across the railroad tracks from a RABA bus stop located on the west side of the railroad tracks on the east side of Highway 273 near the intersection with Westside Road when he was struck by the train, which was traveling southbound. Police added the train was not pulling any box cars. 

Sgt. Montgomery said the chaplain talked to the teenager's mother at the scene.

The Redding Police Department would like to remind commuters to always be aware of approaching trains and to obey all traffic control signals and all laws regarding trespassing on railroad property. 

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