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15-year-old killed by train in Malakoff

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Authorities say the victim was trying to beat the train when he was struck. (Source: KLTV staff) Authorities say the victim was trying to beat the train when he was struck. (Source: KLTV staff)
MALAKOFF, TX (KLTV) - A 15-year-old Malakoff boy is dead after being hit by a Union Pacific train in on Thursday afternoon.

According to Union Pacific Railroad spokesperson Elizabeth Hutchison, the teen was on foot near the tracks when he was hit by the train. The accident happened around 2:40 p.m. near the intersection of South Terry and West Main Streets.

"Everybody's just really shocked about it and upset because we're all really close here. Even people from Trinidad and Athens are coming out and just being there for everybody," says Brittney Weaver, one of the victim's friends. 

Henderson County authorities say the victim was trying to beat the train by crossing in front of it when he was hit. 

Weaver says the victim and his friends walked over the railroad tracks every day, "You'd always see them walking around ... They were always up at the skate park because that's where they were really into completely."

"Our thoughts are definitely with the community, those impacted and our train crew," said Hutchison.

Weaver says the community will remember the teen as someone who could always make them smile, "He was just an all around amazing person to be around, made everybody laugh, always had something funny to say."

The Malakoff Police Department is investigating the incident. They are not releasing the victim's name until all of his immediate family members have been notified. The Henderson County Sheriff's Office is assisting with the investigation.

The train was traveling west from Arkansas to Laredo.

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