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Emergency personnel work after the train accident near Earle Yorton Field on Friday. (Appeal-Democrat | Chris Kaufman)

Train hits teens walking to high school dance

MARYSVILLE, Calif. – A teenage boy was killed and a teenage girl was critically injured after they were hit by a freight train while walking to a high school dance in Northern California on Friday evening, authorities said.

The accident happened near Marysville’ only high school and a little league park where a game was being played, CalFire Capt. Dennis Hunt said.

The boy died at the scene and the girl was airlifted to hospital with traumatic injuries, Hunt said.

People who were at the game told the Marysville Appeal-Democrat they heard a long blowing of the train’s horn, and many raced to the scene as the train came to a stop.

Diane Washburn of Marysville Little League said she was worried about exposing children to the chaotic scene.

“Once they see that, that can’t be unseen,” she said.

A school board official told the newspaper the victims were heading to a Sadie Hawkins day dance.

“Marysville is a small but busy city,” Hunt said. “Everybody knows everybody so it was pretty traumatic.”

He said he knows the teenage girl, and said she had a close relationship to the boy.

“She’s a sweetheart,” Hunt said.

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