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Sinton teen struck, killed by train while sleeping on railroad tracks

The train engineer told authorities that the teen stood up when he heard the horn, but the train could not come to a stop in time to avoid hitting him.
Credit: Resthaven Funeral Home

A 16-year-old boy was killed Thursday morning when he was struck by a train south of Sinton, Texas. Authorities said it appeared the teen had been sleeping on the tracks.

According to San Patricio County Sheriff Oscar Ramirez, his office received a call at around 4:30 a.m. Thursday reporting the fatality.

Investigators learned that a 16-year-old male was apparently asleep on the railroad tracks along US Highway 77 B when a southbound train approached and blew its horn. The train engineer told authorities that the teen stood up when he heard the horn, but the train could not come to a stop in time to avoid hitting him.

In a post to Facebook Thursday, Sheriff Rivera said investigators are on the scene and that their prayers go out to the teen's family.

3News will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

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