Teenager Hit by Train Near Libby

By Beacon Staff

LIBBY – A BNSF Railway freight train struck and injured a teenage boy who was walking next to tracks in Libby.

BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas said the 16-year-old boy suffered broken bones in the incident and was airlifted to a hospital. The boy was walking with a female companion when he was struck just after 6 p.m. Thursday. Melonas said he didn’t know the boy’s name or the name of his companion.

A phone call to the non-emergency number of the Libby Police Department rang unanswered Thursday night, and a man who answered the phone at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said he couln’t release any details.

The train was carrying grain and was headed to Kalama, Wash., from Bernard, N.D. Train traffic was delayed for about an hour and a half, Melonas said.

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