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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.

Tracy Bennett February 29, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Kids be careful, please !! ipods are nice to have and listen to yet its important that you HEAR & see what is going on around you !! I'm praying for my hometown high school kids & families & friends.
Candice February 29, 2012 at 01:41 AM
So sorry for the family of this young man. Sending prayers and love to Jacob and his family. Please please please teach your children the dangers of the Railroad tracks. When I was in school there years ago, another tragic event at the same set of RR tracks. That time it was a young lady.
Jeremy Gyorke February 29, 2012 at 01:50 AM
A lot of tragedy & pain. Def will be praying for families & those involved. If we can help in anyway please let us know!! Pastor jeremy--wyandotte family. Jeremy@wyandottefamily.com
Brian Melvin February 29, 2012 at 02:06 AM
That train crossing section in Wyandotte is so dangerous. So many people have been hit by a train there. I know it's not the cities or the train companies fault but something needs to be done there. Also the same train line has seen so much train traffic of late, the north end of Wyamdottes residents have had to put up with finding another way home because the trains keep laying up and blocking the Emmons and St. Johns crossings. Someone please put an end to all of this.
Ranae February 29, 2012 at 02:27 AM
So much tragedy in our hometown today/tonight...praying for Jacob and his family and for the boy hurt earlier in the car accident. My heart is heavy for all involved...hope these boys both make speedy and full recoveries...
Jim Rutkowski February 29, 2012 at 02:38 AM
I'm sure the school had warned the students about the dangers of walking along the tracks. It takes a tragic incident like this to bring the message home. Hopefully this young student survives and can be an example for others who may want to walk along the tracks.
Brittany Vukovich February 29, 2012 at 02:58 AM
My prayers go out to jacob and his family and the to the earther people early today my prayers are with u to and the there familys
Deeann Lombard February 29, 2012 at 03:44 AM
My son knows Jacob, these accidents today have hit the Community hard. God bless all the kids!!! My heart is breaking for all the families.
Melinda Borden February 29, 2012 at 03:53 AM
My daughter was very close with Jacob at one point, he's a very sweet kid. My heart breaks for him and his family, as well as the kids in Wyandotte. Keep this family uplifted in prayer.
Deborah Manor-Lesko February 29, 2012 at 04:37 AM
May God grant their famlies comfort & complete healing to these boys through his infinite mercy & love in Jesus name I pray. My family knows jacob, hes a friend of my son. He is a sweetheart, my heart suffers for him.
Alex Curry February 29, 2012 at 04:42 AM
I was a student at RHS till a month ago and I was walking along that train when it happend and I am also friends with the one in the car reck and may I just say that I hope u both are ok
Nadia Brunt February 29, 2012 at 05:19 AM
Please keep us posted! Jacob volunteered at the haunted house with us this year and he was such a hard worker and good kid!! Our thoughts are with you and your family.
Stephanie Keffer February 29, 2012 at 05:57 AM
Prayers to the community of Wyandotte. Prayers all the young people involved in today's accidents are saved and ok by the grace of God. People please be aware of your surroundings at all time. Save the texts, ipods and other distractions for another time. :(
Leah Rydlicki February 29, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Should not be allowed to wear headphones when crossing railroads. This poor kid was bullied, now this! God bless him and his family
Sarah Pettigrew February 29, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Our family will be praying for all of the students at this time. I hope our community can come together and find positive solutions to keeping our kids' aware and supporting the families of these students during these horrific moments.
Crew February 29, 2012 at 01:31 PM
This is a horrible tragedy but one that could have easily been prevented. My prayers are with Jacob and his entire family and I hope the young man overcomes his injuries and returns to a normal life. The i-pod generation has made many of us (particulary our younger citizens) much more unaware of our surroundings and I truly hope that our young students (and all of us) learn a lesson from this tragedy.
Janet Lively February 29, 2012 at 07:15 PM
May My prayers are with all of the children that were injured yesterday. We will hold you in our hearts. 55" Grad.
Justin Floyd February 29, 2012 at 07:25 PM
I would like to point out that this kid was walking along the tracks something you our not supposed to do and also this whole iPod was the issue no he shouldn't of been walking the tracks and I'm not Bering a smart ass but just devistating yes first time no last time no his fault no could of been prevented most defanently
Sharon February 29, 2012 at 08:37 PM
My heart goes out to the children and their families. All of you will be in my prayers.
yanddot February 29, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Jacob is a friend of my daughter's. She has never had a bad thing to say about him. He and his family are going to have a long mental and psychical recovery ahead. I hope they find peace in their belief that this could have had a much more tragic ending. Please know that there are a lot of people praying for his recovery. Many of us are willing to help in anyway needed. Please do not hesitate to reach out. (For those saying what he did was "stupid", I would like to know who has NEVER done something they later thought, "wow, I shouldn't have done that". Fortunately, in most cases it ends well. The focus should be on his recovery and what his family is going through and nothing more!) Jacob: You are young, strong, and loved by many!!! You survived for a reason. Keep fighting!!!
Melinda Borden February 29, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Anyone know the current status on Jacob
Bethany March 01, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Jordan, you are a horrible person. This is a child. To know there is such a cold inhumane person living in our community makes me nauseated. Words can't describe the sadness in the eyes of the people who love and pray for this child who made a tragic mistake. May our paths never cross. May god bless Jacob, his family and all those who care about him. Positive thoughts are being sent his way!
Emily March 01, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Enough with the petty words. Everyone should quit arguing, fighting, gossiping, and whatever else that they do, and pray for a miracle for Jacob. We could stop being hostile towards each other and maybe turn the energy into positive energy, sent in the form of prayers. God can work miracles.
allyssa March 01, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Prayers to the Marion family. His sister brittani is very client to me nd I know she's trying so hard to stay strong.
Karen Woehrle Williamson March 01, 2012 at 03:17 AM
Many prayers and love to the marion family. may god watch over jacob and keep their family strong.
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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