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Train Hits, Kills Teenager In Somerset

The victim in a train versus pedestrian accident Saturday night has been identified.

An investigation by Somerset authorities shows two juveniles were walking south on the tracks when 15-year-old Christopher Johnson of Somerset was struck by a northbound train north of the Norfolk-Southern train depot.

The second juvenile said the teens were walking on the tracks and thought the train was on a different set of tracks.

"They were in one set of tracks and heard a train coming. they mistook that the train was coming in their lane, so they switched over and started walking on a second set of tracks, when in fact, that was the track the train was traveling," says Detective Shannon Smith with Somerset Police.

Police say It took over 30 minutes to locate the victim's body.

Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene. The boy's body was taken to Frankfort for an autopsy.

The train was approximately 1.4 miles in length, according to information provided to the patrol officers on the scene.

The investigation will continue by Somerset Police, the coroner's office, and the Norfolk-Southern railroad police.


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