A 16-year-old central Pennsylvania boy was struck and killed by a freight train while on the way to school.
Police said the boy was hit by a westbound Norfolk Southern train in Lebanon around 6:45 a.m. Friday and pronounced dead on arrival at Good Samaritan Hospital.
The Lebanon Daily News reports a witness told police that the warning gates were operating and that the boy ran across the tracks.
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Norfolk Southern said the train was traveling from Allentown to Harrisburg in a corridor with a maximum speed of 50 mph.
The railroad said the 4,000-ton train had 3 locomotives, 25 cars loaded with intermodal freight trailers and containers and 17 empty cars.
Police interviewed the train's engineer and a crew member. They did not release the boy's name.