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Police ID Bernalillo Teen Killed By Train

Police prepare to remove the body of a 15-year-old, who was hit and killed by an Amtrak train Wednesday while on his way home from school. (JIM THOMPSON/JOURNAL)
Police prepare to remove the body of a 15-year-old, who was hit and killed by an Amtrak train Wednesday while on his way home from school. (JIM THOMPSON/JOURNAL)
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Bernalillo police have identified the boy killed by a train yesterday as Jose Angel.

“Unfortunately it really just appears to be an accident,” said Bernalillo Police Department spokesman Lt. Chris Stoyell.

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A 15-year-old boy was walking home from school alongside the railroad tracks in Bernalillo with a couple of friends Wednesday when he was struck and killed by a southbound Amtrak train traveling 70 mph, police said.

The boy was listening through headphones, according to Bernalillo police, and the Amtrak conductor blew his horn as a warning to no avail.

Police were called to the tracks near Valle Avenue and Oak Street, about a mile and a half south of Bernalillo High School, around 3:15 p.m.

Bernalillo Police Chief Julian Gonzales said the boy didn’t see or hear the train when he was killed.

“He was walking home from school, walking along the tracks as some of the kids do,” Gonzales said.

The boy attended the Bernalillo Public School district since kindergarten and was a Bernalillo High School sophomore, said superintendent Allan Tapia.

“It’s a tragic situation,” he said. “I feel for the family.”

Officers and a department chaplain contacted the boy’s mother, who was “very distraught,” Gonzales said. Police did not release the boy’s name as of Wednesday evening.

Officers questioned the boy’s friends and other witnesses, who said they saw the boy walk onto the tracks and appear oblivious to the rapidly approaching train. Later, investigators found earbuds in the boy’s ears and an iPod nearby.

“It’s extremely unfortunate,” Gonzales said. “I guess the message here for kids is: Look both ways before they cross, whether it’s a road or train tracks.”

The train was heading south to Albuquerque when it struck the teen. It continued its trip after about an hour, Gonzales said.

Grief counselors will be at the high school this morning.
— This article appeared on page C1 of the Albuquerque Journal

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