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Train strikes, kills Glenville teenager

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Train strikes, kills Glenville teenager

A 16-year-old Glenville girl was killed when she was struck by an Amtrak passenger train Tuesday aft
Train strikes, kills Glenville teenager
Glenville and Scotia police officers walk the railroad tracks in Scoita after a teenage girl was struck and killed by an Amtrak train about two miles west of the Schenectady station Tuesday, August 2, 2016.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber

A 16-year-old Glenville girl was killed when she was struck by an Amtrak passenger train Tuesday afternoon a couple of miles west of the Schenectady Amtrak Station.

The victim was identified as Morgan Bowers by Scotia-Glenville Central Schools on their website. Bowers would have been a senior in the fall.

The accident happened around 1:15 p.m., Scotia police said. The death appears to be an accident, Scotia police Sgt. Adam Halbfinger said.

Empire Service train No. 284 was carrying 167 passengers and heading from Niagara Falls to New York City. No injuries to passengers or crewmembers were reported, an Amtrak spokesman said.

Bowers was with two friends who witnessed the accident but were not on the tracks at the time, Halbfinger said. She was walking east and was hit from behind, he said.

The train was held at the scene for a couple hours as part of the investigation, and then moved to the Schenectady station around 3:30 p.m. for a re-crew. Switching crew members is often standard after incidents like this one, as it can be traumatizing for those on board, said Craig Schulz, an Amtrak spokesman.

The accident is under investigation and is being handled by the Amtrak Police Department. The maximum speed allowed on that portion of the track is 100 miles per hour, though the train’s actual speed at the time will be determined as part of the investigation, Schulz said.

Counselors will be made available at Scotia-Glenville Senior High School for students and staff members beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, the school district said on their website.

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