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Marysville reeling after teens struck by train

Published On: Mar 22 2014 06:59:40 PM CDT   Updated On: Mar 22 2014 09:27:53 PM CDT

Marysville Appeal-Democrat, Chris Kaufman/Associated Press


Marysville is reeling Saturday after learning that a teenage boy was killed and a teenage girl seriously injured after they were hit by a freight train while walking to a Sadie Hawkins day dance.

The accident Friday evening occurred near the town of Marysville's only high school and a little league park where a game was being played.

Marysville Police Chief David Baker says patrols had been increased around the tracks Saturday.

CalFire Capt. Dennis Hunt says the boy died at the scene, and the girl was airlifted to Sutter Roseville Medical Center with traumatic injuries.

A hospital spokesman said Saturday he could not release any details until the identity of the girl was released by police.

People who were at the game told the Marysville Appeal-Democrat they heard a long blowing of the train's horn, and many raced to the scene as the train came to a stop.

A school board official told the newspaper the victims were heading to a Sadie Hawkins day dance.