Community mourns teen hit, killed by Amtrak train in Scotia

SCOTIA, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A 16-year-old girl was hit and killed by an Amtrak train in Scotia on Tuesday.

Police said the girl died instantly. A total of 167 passengers were on the train at the time. No one on board was hurt.

The incident took place around 1:15 p.m. near Exchange Street and Halcyon Street.

Amtrak said the train was running on the Empire Service from Niagara Falls to New York City at the time.

People who live nearby were in shock to learn of the crash, though they said the tracks are used frequently for people who walk their dogs and to take an easy route across the tracks into Glenville.

A 16-year-old from Glenville was killed when she was struck by an Amtrak train in Scotia on Tuesday, August 2, 2016. (Photo provided by family)
A 16-year-old from Glenville was killed when she was struck by an Amtrak train in Scotia on Tuesday, August 2, 2016. (Photo provided by family)

Many people hope the incident will bring awareness to the town in addressing the bad habit of crossing the tracks.

“I hear the conductor to let you know he’s there even though we’re way off the track, but when I heard the long, constant horn, and it didn’t stop – no break – I knew something was up,” neighbor Julie Summers said.

Police said the teen who was killed was with two of her friends. The other two were not injured. Authorities are investigating why she did not hear the horn or see the train.

Heather Gray lives next to the tracks. She said she sees people cross them on a regular basis.

“I think it brings a great awareness to the kids and maybe being more careful,” she said. “It is a potentially dangerous situation.”

Others said they don’t even consider crossing the tracks because the train moves at a quick speed.

“The train drives by way too fast for anybody to notice the train is here,” Justin Allende said.

Family members of the girl were seen sitting on the sidewalk mourning. Police have not released the name of the victim.

The investigation is being handled by the Amtrak Police Department.

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