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15-year-old struck and killed by train in Jefferson County

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. – A 15-year-old girl was struck and killed Sunday afternoon by a Union Pacific train in Jefferson County, Missouri.

According to Sheriff Dave Marshak, the accident occurred around 12:40 p.m. near the township of Victoria located along Highway P.

Authorities said five teenage juveniles were swimming in Joachim Creek, jumping from a train trestle over the creek. Three of the juveniles were in the creek when they saw a train coming. They yelled to warn two teens on the train trestle and both ran from the train instead of jumping from the bridge.

One juvenile was able to reach safety. Fifteen-year-old Shianne Haines was struck and killed by the train.

Both the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the Union Pacific Railroad have launched independent investigations.

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