- Associated Press - Monday, January 26, 2015

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - Police say a 17-year-old boy was struck and killed by a train early Monday in Vancouver.

Officials have not released the name of the Vancouver teen, but The Columbian reports (https://bit.ly/1CsQlp4 ) he was a student in the Evergreen Public School District,

Burlington Northern Santa Fe spokesman Gus Melonas (mel-OWN’-us) says it happened at 2:43 a.m. Monday on the main Columbia River Gorge line, about 150 feet east of a crossing with activated gates and flashing lights at Southeast 164th Avenue.

The crew applied emergency brakes but could not stop in time. It’s unknown why the boy was on the tracks.

Melonas says this is the second death this month of a person on BNSF tracks in Washington. A woman was struck and killed by a train on New Year’s Day in Spokane.

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