BERGEN, NY (WKBW) - Police in Genesee County are investigating the death of a teen after he was struck by a train in the Village of Bergen.
Eric Wall, age 16, a student at Byron-Bergen High School was apparently running north along a sidewalk and under the pedestrian gate after it had lowered across the train tracks.
Wall was struck by a passing Amtrack train, and then thrown into the path of a CSX freight train headed in the opposite direction.
Officials opened the Byron-Bergen High School where grief counselors were made available Friday evening.
The Byron-Bergen Central School District issued a release obtained by Eyewitness News on Friday afternoon that reads: "The Byron-Bergen Central School District is mourning the tragic loss of a student in our high school. The student was killed earlier this afternoon in a tragic accident involving a train.
Our Crisis Response Team has been notified and support services are being organized to assist students, families and staff deal with this unfortunate event.
Link to coverage of the accident from The Batavian at the "news links" section of wkbw.com