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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A child is dead after he was hit by a train in Philadelphia’s Olney neighborhood Friday night. Police say the incident happened at Mascher Street and West Tabor Road.
So far the victim has not been identified. But police believe the victim was trying to cross the tracks when the train was coming and didn’t make it in time.
The incident happened around 6:30 p.m. Friday. The train operator told investigators two kids were trying to cross the tracks in front of the oncoming CSX train headed westbound on SEPTA tracks.
The first boy made it, but the second did not. Police say the boy suffered head trauma, but looked to be between the age of 13 and 16 years old.
He was wearing a school uniform and was carrying a box of pizza that was resting beside him on the tracks. Officers are hoping to speak with the kid who kept running after his friend was hit.
“We looked into some missing person reports in the area, and we did find some missing person reports, and 35th District police are at the location now, conducting an investigation to see if that person who is being reported missing is possibly the teenager who was struck by the train,” Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said.
Police say the train was going about 35 to 40 miles per hour — which is the standard speed for the area — when it hit the boy.