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Sierra High freshman killed by train while bicycling across trestle

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POSTED May 17, 2017 1:02 a.m.

Austin Peterson, 15-year-old Sierra High freshman, was struck by an eastbound ACE commuter train about 6:30 p.m. Monday – just 10 feet from the end a railroad trestle across the San Joaquin River.
Peterson and a teenage friend were riding their bicycles on the trestle when the ACE train was approaching the Lathrop-Manteca station on Yosemite Avenue just east of McKinley Avenue.
His friend, who was not struck by the train, called his father on his cell phone in the nearby Oakwood Shores residential area.  The dad reportedly ran from his home to the accident scene and performed CPR unsucessfully on the injured teen.
The train crew braked the seven car commuter train and came to a stop some 100 yards down the tracks.
In a press release, the Manteca Unified School District responded:
“Sierra High School suffered the tragic loss of a student.  Manteca unified School District and Sierra High School staff are deeply saddened by this news and send to the family and friend our condolences.  In addition to our professional caring, Sierra High School staff, additional counselors, nurses and psychologists will be on campus as needed (Tuesday) to provide services to students and staff.”
Peterson played football, basketball, and baseball for the Timberwolves.
Cause of the accident is still under investigation.
The Bulletin received information at the scene Monday night indicating the deceased was older.

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