RUSSELL, Kan. (AP) Residents of a north-central Kansas community are mourning a 9-year-old boy who was struck and killed by a freight train.
Details were still being gathered Thursday night, but authorities in Russell said the boy was hit by a Union Pacific train on the west edge of town a little after 11 a.m. Thursday.
Witnesses said the boy, whose name was not immediately released, had been playing on the railroad tracks.
Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis said the train was traveling east from Denver to Salina.
Russell is a city of about 4,500 people, located 170 miles west of Topeka along Interstate 70.