- Associated Press - Sunday, April 20, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Des Moines police say a teenager died while trying to climb onto a slow moving freight train.

Police were called to a crossing on the city’s eastside early Sunday and determined that a male in his late teens had been waiting with friends at a rail crossing. The teen tried to climb onto the slow-moving train, possibly to cross to the other side.

Police say he fell during this attempt. He was caught beneath the train and dragged along the tracks.

Officers didn’t release the name of the teen.

The train operator was notified and stopped the cars while police investigated. Several rail crossings were blocked by the train through the early morning hours.

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