Train strikes, kills 17-year-old Woodburn student

Published: Dec. 2, 2022 at 1:40 PM PST
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WOODBURN Ore. (KPTV) - A 17-year-old boy and Woodburn high school student was struck and killed by a train on Friday morning, according to Woodburn police.

Just before 8 a.m., the high school junior was walking north on the railroad tracks along the Front Street overpass when he was struck from behind, police said.

First responders declared him dead at the scene.

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The crash closed all intersections from the Front Street overpass to Young Street until 11 a.m.

No further information has been released at this time.

The Woodburn School District posted the following message on their Facebook page Friday afternoon:

“This is a terrible tragedy, and the district’s highest priority is the support of our school community, including the student’s family, during this tremendously sad time. As of Friday morning, students at Woodburn High School are being supported by our Crisis Response Team in support rooms. Teachers have shared this information with their students and students are being encouraged to go to the Support Room for help. We will continue to offer resources and support in the weeks and months to come as our students process and grieve.

“Over the next several days you may want to make yourself available to your child to talk about what has happened. When a young person dies, it touches all of us with grief, anger and questions to which there simply are not answers.”