Wyandotte Teen Boy Struck by Train

A Roosevelt High School student was struck by a train near Oak and Ninth on Tuesday afternoon.

A 14-year-old student was struck by a train near Oak and Ninth streets Tuesday afternoon.

According to Police Chief Daniel Grant, Jacob Marion was walking along the tracks when a CN Railroad train struck him shortly after 4:30 p.m.

The teen was dragged by the train, which was traveling north at 28 mph.

Police said the teen might not have even realized a train was approaching.

"(Our) preliminary investigation into the incident indicates that he was walking northbound on the railroad tracks approximately 50 yards north of Oak Street while wearing an iPod and headphones," Grant said. "The train’s engineer blew the whistle several times to warn the victim prior to impact."

He was transported via Life-Flight to Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, where he was said to be undergoing surgery at about 7:30 p.m. Police said his condition is grave to critical.

This comes mere hours after in an unrelated rollover accident at Oak and 4th streets.

School Superintendent Carla Harting said grief counselors and social workers would be at the school Wednesday.

"This is very difficult on both our students and staff members," she said. "We will be there to support anybody who needs it."

The train tracks are within earshot of the Harting said people were inside the office, but did not hear anything when the collision occurred.

"It's just awful," she said. "I can't even imagine going through this."

CN spokesman Patrick Waldron called the incident "tragic."

"The crew sounded the horn and attempted to stop, but were unable to stop in time," he said. "The incident is a tragic reminder of the dangers of trespassing on railroad tracks."

Check back later for more information as it becomes available.

mike koberg March 01, 2012 at 03:17 AM
first take your head phones out and dont walk on the tracks.plan a nd simple.as for blocked crossings lots of train traffic good ecomity.or possible track work being done
mike koberg March 01, 2012 at 03:33 AM
well back in the old days you had sony walk mens and cd players.kids are now lazy and want a short cut home.you need to tell your kids to stay away from those tracks,cross where their are warning gates.its easy for me to say my grandfather was a signal maintainer in the early 90s and he got called out to all the down river track crossings accidents to make sure the gates and lights were working at the time of the accidents.and he has told me in his 40 years from downriver to monroe.he had seen some horrible accidents.wake up kids
Sandy March 01, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Praying for Jacob & his family. Please help him make it through this horrible tragedy. Stay positive. Miracles happen every day and Jacob will be one of them, keep in his ear telling him he is going to be allright not to be scared of anything.
Penny Galvan March 01, 2012 at 07:47 PM
We are all praying for you Jacob!
Tigger October 12, 2012 at 05:38 PM
._. He like just got out of a coma like a month ago. Poor Jacob. :C


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