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August 11, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Teen struck by train near Bellingham

A 17-year-old was struck by a BNSF train near Bellingham early Sunday morning.

Around 2 a.m. the crew repeatedly sounded the horn when they saw the teenager standing in the middle of the tracks, BSNF spokesman Gus Melonas said.

He was struck and thrown from the tracks. The crew stopped the train and then ran back to help him.

The BNSF train, bound for Everett, was traveling south at about 15 mph.

Melonas said the teen was bleeding when crew members reached him. Initial reports indicated he suffered broken ribs and back.

He was taken to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham and his condition is unknown.

Last year, 20 people were fatally injured on BNSF property. Melonas said numbers for 2014 aren’t in, but he estimates the number to be 10.

“Trains move on any track anytime in any direction,” Melonas said. “We encourage the public to be aware at all times.”

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