Teen identified in fatal Kirkwood train accident

Teen identified in fatal Kirkwood train accident

Teen identified in fatal Kirkwood train accident

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by KMOV.com staff

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Posted on May 31, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Updated Thursday, May 31 at 12:52 PM

Train Tracks near 300 block of Leffingwell Ave Kirkwood, MO 63122

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KIRKWOOD, Missouri (KMOV.com) -- Police have released the name of the teenager who was struck and killed by an oncoming train while walking along train tracks in Kirkwood on Wednesday.

Authorities said Cameron Vennard, 14, of Oakland, Missouri, was walking on the tracks near the 300 block of Leffingwell Ave. around 4:45 p.m. when he was struck by the train.

Police may have been wearing headphones when the accident happened.  The crew on the train told police the conductor leaned on the horn multiple times, but Vennard did not move.

Vennard was taken to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Several employees at the nearby Arrow Box Company said they knew something was wrong after hearing the train conductor blowing the horn, which is usually not allowed in the area.

After reviewing footage of the accident provided by Amtrak, police determined that the crew accounts were accurate.

About 85 passengers were on the train when the boy was hit, but nobody onboard was injured.

Vennard was a recent graduate of Nipher Middle School and would have been a freshman at Kirkwood High this fall. Although school is out for the summer, the Kirkwood School District has made counselors available for fellow students and friends.

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