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Missouri teen wearing earphones killed by train

Tuesday, July 3, 2012 | 11:21 a.m. CDT; updated 2:11 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 3, 2012

WENTZVILLE — For the second time in a month, authorities in the St. Louis area say a teenager has been struck and killed by a train while wearing earphones.

The boy's mother tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that she warned her 15-year-old son, Mitchell Maeserang, about the dangers of wearing the buds in both ears while walking near traffic. But authorities say that's what the teen was doing around 9:45 a.m. Sunday while crossing the tracks in Wentzville.

Mitchell was hit by a Norfolk Southern freight train. Railroad officials say the crew spotted the teen and sounded the horn. Bystanders also tried to get his attention.

On May 30, a 14-year-old boy was also wearing earphones when he was killed by an Amtrak train while walking along railroad tracks in Kirkwood.


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