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Train Kills Teen, Injures Another After Pair Leaves School Dance

The pair was walking on the tracks in Marysville, Calif., after leaving a school dance Friday night, officials said.

A freight train fatally struck a teenage boy and seriously injured a teenage girl in Northern California as they walked along the tracks after leaving a school dance Friday night, police said.

The 16-year-old male was declared dead on the scene when officers arrived to the tracks in Marysville, Calif., Marysville Deputy Chief Aaron Easton said Saturday. The 16-year-old female was airlifted to a hospital and remained in critical condition.

The pair was hit at about 7:05 p.m. local time after leaving a school-sponsored Sadie Hawkins Dance several hundred yards away, Easton said.

A little league baseball game was underway adjacent to the spot of the accident, he added.

Marysville Little League Secretary Diane Washburn told the Marysville Appeal-Democrat that once she realized the kids on the field were safe, she ushered them away from the spot of the accident. "Once they see that, that can't be unseen," she said.

The company that owns the train, Union Pacific Railroad Company, and the Marysville Police Department are investigating the cause of the accident, Easton said.

The identities of the victims have not been released.

— Elisha Fieldstadt