A teenager was struck and killed in a freighter train accident Friday afternoon in Monroe, Washington. The train was traveling east from Seattle to Chicago when it hit the male teenager shortly before 4 p.m. No one else was believed to be injured in the train accident.
Monroe Police said the train accident happened as the BNSF Railway freighter train was approaching North Kelsey Street and U.S. Highway 2. Several other teenagers were reported to be in the vincinity of the accident at the time of the teenager’s death. Detectives with the Monroe Police are currently investigating the circumstances of the train accident.
The train blocked several intersections for hours as police and emergency responders cleared the scene of the accident and conducted their investigation. Over four hours passed before the train finally began moving again.
Officers on scene of the train / pedestrian fatality collision N Kelsey @ U.S 2. Details will come out as known. The collision occurred at 3:45 pm pic.twitter.com/7hpIg3eewr
— Monroe PD (@MonroePolice) September 15, 2018
The train conductor told investigators that he saw the teenager on the tracks but despite applying the emergency brakes and sounding the train’s whistle, he was unable to stop in time to prevent hitting the teenager. The reason why the teenage boy was on the tracks is still unknown at this time.
The teenager was later identified as a local 15-year-old student of Monroe High School named Wesley Donohue.
“Wesley should still be here,” said Kerri Arellano who is a friend of the Donohue family. “He was an amazing young man, and the world suffered a massive loss. He had a very kind and big heart, he was just a very good kid. This is a tragedy.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up to assist the family with funeral arrangements.
This is the 16th reported death involving a train in Washington this year.
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