Teen killed by subway train may have been ‘playing chicken’

Passengers on board a northbound number two train had no idea that at around 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, their lead car struck a 17-year-old boy.

But as police officers emerged from in between the stopped cars, word spread quickly and those passengers were shaken up by what they heard.

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Police sources working this investigation tell Pix11 the victim was one of three boys who were playing “chicken” with the oncoming train and he was the last one who tried – unsuccessfully – to cross the tracks before he was struck.

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Police sources working this investigation tell Pix11 the victim was one of three boys who were playing “chicken” with the oncoming train and he was the last one who tried – unsuccessfully – to cross the tracks before he was struck.

Passenger Donald Lumpkin said, “You could tell everybody was freaked out. You had kids crying and all of that. It’s crazy. A lot of people are shaken up right now – as you could see, I am.”

The incident caused severe delays on the 1, 2, and 3 trains.

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But as police officers emerged from in between the stopped cars, word spread quickly and those passengers were shaken up by what they heard.

This passenger says although the boy’s death was tragic – he believes it was avoidable.

“A few people who were on the train said they saw kids crying on the platform, and pointing underneath the train. So I’m assuming it was one of their kids that got hit”, John D’Alessandro told Pix11.

4 comments

  • Horsewagled

    Things a REAL railroad Operation Lifesaver (OL) group would ask!!!
    1. Why are all OL directors handpuppets of the railroad or government only giving lip service safety messages?
    2. Why nothing is ever mentioned by OL that would cost the railroads a penny on the obviously missing safety equipment and track maintenance work?
    3. Where are the crossing safety signals for the trains going too fast with no brakes or steering at 1,000s of crossings?
    4. Where are the track video monitors for the trains going too fast with no brakes or steering to get the train stopped IN TIME?
    5. Why aren't railroads paying at least half for crossing signals because it's their trains going too fast with no brakes or steering while paying the so-called RR directors millions a year.
    6. Why the crossing humps trapping big trucks aren't required to be removed?
    7. Why the crossing surfaces aren't wider where if a vehicle fish tails on slick road and is trapped at the edge of the crossing surface trap?
    8. Why the train cabs aren't required to be lit up like a Christmas tree with emergency vehicle light bars? LOOK AND SEE!!
    9. Why the front of trains aren't required to have air bags or something to soften impacts?
    10. Why trains don't have better braking systems? OLIs message now shows train brakes obviously suck.
    11. Why there are no bidding invitations on the obviously overcharged crossing projects the tax-payers pay the railroads for. $10,000 just to get the equipment to the sight. TRUCKED IN.
    12. Why trains are allowed to run in the fog?
    13. Why the crossings aren't lit up so drivers can see the black rail cars across the tracks at night?
    14. Why railroads remove and steal signals we paid for on closed re-worked crossings?
    15. Why $$$millions$$$ of the rail safety budget we pay in is wasted on needless reworks at crossings preventing signals where needed?
    16. Why the railroad isn't required to de-ice crossings before they roll the trains?
    17. Why the railroad isn't required to raise their overpasses so big trucks can get under them? The railroad wants to double stack and our road overpasses are too low—no problem WE PAY MILLIONS.
    18. Why drug/alcohol tests aren't done on rail crews at crossing/pedestrian collisions?
    19. Why railroads are allowed to get off with the train black box , signal black box (if crossing signals are present), and cab video at crossing/pedestrian collisions?
    20. Why the fact is hidden that trains kill a few thousand people in 100 million train miles when regular drivers have like ONE death?
    21.Why Amtrak passengers aren't required to look at the despicable shape of the crossings before they board the trains?
    22.Why train horns aren't blown at private crossings till the last second freezing drivers?
    23.Why the railroads track lights can't be at a crossing?
    24 .Why railroads need track lights and civilians don't?
    WAITING FOR OLI/OLI.CA response.

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