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Teen dies after being struck by Amtrak train in Kirkwood

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KIRKWOOD, Missouri (KMOV) -- Authorities say a teenage boy was killed after being hit by an Amtrak train in Kirkwood on Wednesday.

Police said the 14-year-old victim was walking on the tracks near the 300 block of Leffingwell Ave. around 4:45 p.m. when he was struck by the train.

“By the time he realized it was there, it was too late to get out of the way,” said Kirkwood Police Chief Jack Plummer. “He made a small attempt to move but it was too late.”

According to police, the crew onboard the train saw the boy wearing headphones while walking on the track. The conductor leaned on the horn trying to warn him, but it was too late.

The victim was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. A witness onboard told News 4 rescuers were performing CPR on scene.

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.

Police released the name of the victim on Thursday morning.  The teen has been identified as Cameron Vennard, 14, from Oakland, Missouri.

Marshall Huggins tells News 4 he learned through friends and Facebook that the victim was a recent Nipher Middle School graduate.

“He's just a really great guy. I'm pretty sure he was coming down to meet with all of us together, over at the plaza,” he said.

The Kirkwood School District is providing counselors for fellow students and friends.

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