- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 3, 2016

LA VISTA, Neb. (AP) - Friends have gathered to remember a former classmate who was killed after being hit by a train in La Vista.

Nineteen-year-old Nicholas Wilson and 18-year-old Dillon McHenry were hit by a BNSF Railway train while walking along the tracks over the Papio Creek around 8:40 p.m. Monday.

Their friend, 18-year-old Edward Zielinski, says he and the two men were on the tracks when they saw the train.

“We were just looking at the waterfall, and all the graffiti there, like a lot of people go there to hang out, and then a train started coming and we just started running,” Zielinski said.

Zielinski jumped into the water below, but the other two men went off the bridge after the train hit them.

Wilson was pronounced dead at the scene. McHenry was taken to a local hospital and is now in fair condition.

“You wouldn’t think that would ever happen and it happened so fast,” Zielinski said.

Zielinski said it’s not the first time he’s hung out with friends around the railroad bridge. And police say it’s not the first time they’ve been called to the area either.

“In the past we have had reports of kids playing under the tracks, but never something to this magnitude,” La Vista Police Capt. Bryan Waugh said.

An investigation shows the train didn’t blow its whistle. La Vista police are reviewing video from the train’s camera.

Police Chief Bob Lausten said that this is one of the most difficult cases he’s had to handle.

“Anytime that you have a young man killed, whether it’s a car wreck or tragically, something like this, it does hit home,” he said. “As a parent, as a community member, the impact of this goes on to the officers that have to meet with the family.”



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