Teenager wearing headphones killed by 70mph train


Teenager wearing headphones killed by 70mph train

A teenage boy from New Mexico was struck and killed by a 70mph Amtrak train after he was listening to music while crossing the tracks and could not hear the conductor blowing the horn.

Jose Angel, 16, was walking home from school in Bernalillo on Wednesday when he was killed, krqe.com reports.

Jose's cousin Leticia Trujillo said: 'I just can't believe he is gone, and I hope kids learn from this to keep caution.'

The Daily Mail reports that friends and other witnesses watched as he walked onto the track, apparently unaware of the fast-moving train approaching.

The scene of the accident was between two public rail crossings and witnesses said the engineer sounded the horn three times.

Last night, a moment of silence was held for the teenager before a school basketball game.

KOB.com reports that Bernalillo Mayor Jack Torres said he is taking action to set up a safe crossing over the train tracks.

Neighbours say they often see kids crossing the train tracks without using the railroad crossings.

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