FORT WORTH, Texas — A 16-year-old was killed Sunday afternoon after being hit by a freight train about a half-mile from the Sycamore School Road crossing, according to Fort Worth police.
The teen was identified as Alejandro Garnica by family friends. His Facebook page was filled with dozens of condolence messages from friends and family late Sunday night.
Crowley ISD confirmed the Garnica was a student at Crowley High School. The district said its Crisis Response Team would be on hand all day Monday.
The accident was reported around 3 p.m. Sunday. Police told News 8 that five teens were trying to get across the Union Pacific tracks adjacent to a football field.
Marktevin Bacy was one of the other teens.
"We were just trying to get to the Dollar General store. We saw the train...this is just really hard," he said.
Fort Worth police say the accident serves as a tragic reminder.
"It's very dangerous to cross the tracks, especially when you don't know what is on the other side," said Sgt. Kelly Peel.
The boys were trying to cross a stopped train when another train came barreling down on parallel tracks.
Bacy said the train did sound its horn but that is was too late.
Neighbors were stunned that the boys coudln't have heard or seen the other train.
"They come by fairly often, and it's pretty noisy," said Deanna Gray. "It rattles the house."
Police consoled a female relative after she arrived at the scene.