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Teen Playing ‘Chicken’ Fatally Struck By Amtrak Train In San Lorenzo

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An Amtrak Capitol Corridor train fatally struck a boy in San Lorenzo on April 11, 2013. (CBS)

An Amtrak Capitol Corridor train fatally struck a boy in San Lorenzo on April 11, 2013. (CBS)

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SAN LORENZO (CBS SF) — A 15-year-old boy was fatally struck by an Amtrak train in San Lorenzo on Thursday evening, officials said.

The train hit the teenager on the tracks north of the Hayward Amtrak station around 6:40 p.m. and the Alameda County coroner’s bureau was called to the scene, Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said.

The victim was identified by the Alameda County coroner’s bureau as 15-year-old Austin Price of Hayward.

Price was hit by Train 544 traveling from San Jose to Sacramento, Magliari said.

Authorities said the Price was among three teens playing a game of chicken on the railroad tracks across from San Lorenzo High School at the time of the crash. The other teens were not hurt in the incident.

“Those juveniles were apparently engaged in a game of chicken with one another. One of the juveniles, a male, was struck by the northbound Amtrak train,” said Deputy April Luckett of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office.

“It’s very important that kids realize how dangerous the tracks are, that parents reiterate that to their children that they need to stay off the tracks,” Luckett said.

The 133 passengers and five crew members aboard the train were not injured. The collision caused delays of about two hours for Capitol Corridor Amtrak trains.

The tracks in the area are owned by Union Pacific Railroad.

 

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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