- Associated Press - Thursday, May 10, 2018

CHESTER, Va. (AP) - Two central Virginia teenagers killed by an Amtrak train were apparently caught off guard while standing on a set of tracks and watching another train pass in the opposite direction, police said Thursday.

That conclusion was reached based on interviews with crews from both trains and surviving friends who managed to get off the tracks in time, Lt. John Miller of the Chesterfield Police Department said.

Thirteen-year-old Presley A. Trent and 18-year-old Samuel W. Rivas were part of a larger group hanging out around the track Wednesday in Chester, police said.

Miller said police aren’t sure why the group was in the area, though neighbors told local media outlets kids often walk along the area where the tracks run as a shortcut.

The investigation suggests the group was standing on one set of tracks, watching a train go by on a parallel set, when an Amtrak train approached from the opposite direction, Miller said.



“Apparently they were too busy watching the train go by and didn’t see the train coming in the other direction,” Miller said.

The Amtrak train traveling from Savannah, Georgia, to New York, struck Trent and Rivas around 5 p.m. They likely died instantaneously, Miller said.

The teens likely couldn’t hear the second train because of the noise the first was making, he said.

An Amtrak spokeswoman said no injuries were reported to the passengers or crew.

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