16-year-old boy Med-Flighted to Mass General with very serious injuries
CCRR engineer blew train's whistle but boy failed to respond to warnings
WAREHAM - Onset firefighters rushed a 16-year-old male teen to an awaiting Med-Flight helicopter after the teen was struck by a train.
The accident happened around 4:15 p.m. Friday behind Charlie's Place Restaurant on Cranberry Highway in Wareham. The teen was taken to Mass General Hospital with serious injuries.
Wareham police and Onset rescue workers responded to a call that a teenage male had been hit by a train. According to a Wareham Police Department news release, police and rescue workers found the teen injured but conscious and responsive. The Mass. Coastal Railroad train that had struck him had stopped about 15 feet away.
Police learned that the teen had been walking along the railroad tracks and that the train had approached him from the rear. After issuing several warnings, the train struck him.
John Kennedy, chairman and CEO of Massachusetts Coastal Railroad said, "The engineer was blowing the whistle... The last thing our crew saw was him disappearing under the train,"
Kennedy added that when the boy did not respond the engineer used the train's emergency brakes.
One of our bloggers who lives nearby reports in the comments below, "I've been snooping around a bit on this one. The tracks run parallel to the Cranberry highway, sort of behind Charlie's. The trash train goes by once a day, and that's what got the kid. Witnesses confirm the train driver's story that he did all that he could to warn the kid. The kid is named Corey, he lives across from the 7-11 in some housing thing. He'll live, but ouch ouch ouch..."
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