Boy, 13, hit and killed by Amtrak train in Gervais

GERVAIS, Ore. – A 13-year-old boy was hit and killed by an Amtrak train Tuesday night while he and another boy, 14, were walking on the tracks, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Department.

Diego Rodriguez of Gervais was killed instantly when the train hit him, the sheriff's office said.

The boys were walking from Woodburn to Gervais along two sets of railroad tracks at about 7 p.m. near 4th Street just north of Ivy Avenue, according to sheriff's office. Deputies said they believe the boys saw the train coming but thought it was traveling on the track adjacent to the one they were on.

The Amtrak train was traveling from Seattle to Eugene and carried 65 passengers.

According to the sheriff's office, the train engineer saw a shadow on the tracks, and when the engineer saw it was a person, sounded the train's horn and began braking the train. But the 14-car train could not stop in time.

No one else was injured.

Rodriguez was a student at Gervais Alternative High School. The school is making preparations to provide grieving children with counseling. His family described him as a "good kid," the sheriff’s office said.

The incident is still under investigation and the speed at which the train was traveling will be released later, according to the sheriff's office.