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Teen Killed By Train in Wentzville Identified

Mitchell Maserang, 15, a Fox High School student, was struck and killed by a train on Sunday morning in Wentzville.

The man that was struck and killed by a train Sunday morning has been identified as a 15-year-old boy from Arnold.

Mitchell Maserang was wearing headphones and walking away from the westbound train when he was struck at about 9:45 a.m. Sunday, according to officials at Norfolk Southern Railroad.

Robin Chapman, a spokesman for the railroad who spoke to CBS News Local and KMOX radio said that even though the train blew its horn, the man never responded.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Maserang was going to be a sophomore at Fox High School in Arnold. He had been visiting his father and stepmother, Michael and Gina, in Wentzville and lives with his mother, Carol, in Arnold.  

For more on this story, read our original report on the incident: .

 

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Marty Witbeck July 03, 2012 at 02:00 AM
What sad thing to have happen and have no way for onlooking train engineers to be able to do anything about a tradgedy unfolding in slow motion. It seems to me Norfolk Southern could put together a team of people with different specialities to come up with a solution. They have cow catchers to protect trains. Why not have people catchers to protect people. I can envision a framework with a hammock like catcher. Engineers could deploy it in front of the train in emergency situations. How about shooting smoke trailing flares out in front of people to visually warn them to something is up. In this day and age of passive auto restraints and triple redundant safety systems on jetliners surely a large train company could come up with some means to attempt to protect people who would otherwise die.
Sherry J July 03, 2012 at 01:41 PM
I see so many kids crossing this track taking their time. One guy crosses with a bunch of very little kids. I think he is taking them to the daycare. I don't see how he could get all those toddlers and little kids to safety if a train comes. Some of these trains come through here at a pretty good speed,. others come through too fast to stop quickly. Please, parents talk to your kids and warn them.

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