South Austin Teen Hit by Train

South Austin Teen Hit by Train

Austin : TX : USA | Sep 25, 2010 at 10:34 AM PDT
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The Austin Police have indentified the teen that was killed Thursday night by a train in South Austin near Stassney Lane.

James Hinojosa, 16, a junior at Crockett High School, was walking along the train tracks near Manchaca and Stassney. He was hit as a train was coming around a curve in the tracks.

Witnesses say they saw Hinojosa walking down the tracks just before the accident. Those witnesses also say that students cut through the tracks to go home.

Investigators are still not sure whether the conductor sounded the horn or not. Union Pacific is assisting with the investigation.

An iPod was found next to Hinojosa's body. Police say it's not clear yet if he didn't hear the train because of that.

Counselors were on school campus on Friday to talk to students about the accident. Some students have even started collecting money to help pay for the funeral costs.

Authorities say it is illegal to be on the tracks. It is considered a Class C misdemanor if you are caught on them.

zorgkk is based in Austin, Texas, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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