A 15-year-old boy was recently killed when a lead car of a train struck him head-on in the San Francisco Bay area.
Police sources reported the boy was one of three young men in the middle of playing “chicken” in front of the train when the accident occurred.
Austin Price, 15, was the last of the teens who tried playing chicken, and when he made to cross the train tracks, he was hit by the train.
One passenger reported:
“You could tell everybody was freaked out. You had kids crying and all of that. It’s crazy. A lot of people are shaken up right now – as you could see, I am.”
The tragic crash and death of the 15-year-old boy led to some major train delays. One passenger, John D’Alessandro, though no doubt similarly saddened by the event, said that the boy need not have died in front of his friends. It was other children that seemed particularly devastated by the crash.
“A few people who were on the train said they saw kids crying on the platform, and pointing underneath the train. So I’m assuming it was one of their kids that got hit”, he added.
When a teen dies playing chicken with a train, however, it brings serious safety concerns to the forefront. An Alameda County official noted that kids from the San Francisco Bay area often play near the train tracks.
“It’s very important that kids realize how dangerous the tracks are, that parents reiterate that to their children, that they need to stay off the tracks and don’t walk on the tracks for any reason, especially not to play games like chicken and not to take a shortcut home,” she concluded as a warning to parents and children alike.
Hopefully such a tragic story may be avoided in the future.source