Teen hit by train, killed in Claremore
BY RHETT MORGAN World Staff Writer
Monday, April 16, 2012
4/16/12 at 6:26 PM
CLAREMORE - A 16-year-old attempting to run across railroad tracks at Seventh Street and Missouri Avenue was struck and killed by a train late Sunday, Claremore Assistant Police Chief Charles Downum said.
Christian Brashar was a freshman at Claremore High School, police said. He was following an 18-year-old, who was on a skateboard, when the incident occurred about 9:12 p.m., Downum said.
“They were trying to beat the train,” Downum said.
The crossing gates were down at the Union Pacific Railroad crossing, he said. Police didn’t know how fast the train was traveling. The speed limit for all trains in the city, which is also served by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, is 30 mph.
Grief counselors are on hand today at Claremore High School, Superintendent Mike McClaren said.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family,” he said. “It’s just one of those very, very tragic events. We’re just trying to cope the best we can.”
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