GERVAIS, Ore. — A sheriff’s officer says a 13-year-old Gervais, Ore., boy has been struck and killed by an Amtrak train.
Marion County sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Baldridge said Diego Rodriguez was killed Tuesday evening as he walked with another boy along a double set of railroad tracks between Woodburn and Gervais. The other boy, 14, was not injured.
Baldridge says deputies think the boys saw the train coming from the north but didn’t clear the tracks completely, believing the train was traveling on the track adjacent to the one they were on.
The sheriff’s spokesman says an engineer on the train traveling from Seattle to Eugene saw a shadow on the tracks and began sounding the horn. When the engineer saw it was a person, he began emergency braking.
The 14-car train carried 65 passengers. Baldridge said he did not know the train’s speed.
Gervais is about 30 miles south of Portland.