The Killeen, Texas community is mourning the loss of a Killeen High School student who was fatally injured Tuesday afternoon.

What Happened?

According to our partners at KWTX, a 15-year-old girl died after being struck by a train along 38th street near Killeen High School.

Around 4:30 pm, the Killeen Police Department responded to a call concerning "a fatal crash involving a pedestrian and a train at the train tracks on 38th Street.”

When police arrived, an investigation began and traffic was diverted from Water Street to Atkinson Avenue.

Eyewitness Account Of The Tragedy

According to the Killeen Daily Herald, eyewitness Armando Menchaca, who was in his car with his family to pick up his daughter from a late release at Killeen High School, saw the entire incident unfold.

He told the newspaper that what he saw the girl try to jump the train tracks, but didn't make it across in time as the train approached. He described the scene as "horrific".

Killeen Independent School District Statement

Of course, when a tragedy occurs with a student, it affects the entire school community, including classmates and faculty.

A heartfelt statement was released by KISD Spokesperson Taina Maya. Part of the statement reads:

It is with great sadness that we report a Killeen High School student was involved in a tragic accident after school involving a train. We extend our sincere condolences and heartfelt sympathy to the student’s family and friends.

We wanted to let you know of this tragedy and share factual details as we are permitted by police and the student’s family. It is easy to get caught up in rumors at a time like this. We will only share details we know to be true and we ask that you do the same, for the sake of the family.

Thank you for your support as we deal with this tragedy.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, students, and staff at Killeen High School.

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