The Bucks County Coroner's Office said Wednesday the death of a teenage boy struck by a SEPTA passenger rails train in Middletown on New Year's Day was an accident.
Trevor Newman, 16, was walking north on the tracks when a commuter train headed from Center City to Trenton approached from behind. The conductor saw the teen and blew the horn and tried to stop, coroner Dr. Joseph Campbell said.
Investigators determined the teen turned around and saw the train just moments before being hit, the coroner said. Multiple sources tell Patch the teen suffered from hearing impairment issues.
Newman was a student at Neshaminy High School, officials said.
Campbell said the teen's death is being ruled an accident. The investigation remains open, however, as toxicology results are still pending.
Neshaminy Superintendent Robert Copeland told Patch the district has dispatched a response team of psychologists, social workers and administrators who are available for students to provide counseling and support services. He added the response team will be in place as long as deemed necessary.
The incident happened shortly before 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, officials said.
The Regional Rails train was transporting about 60 people at the time of the incident, all passengers were unharmed, SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch said on Tuesday evening. Newman's death is the first on the regional system in 2013.
Less than a month ago, a 46-year-old Bristol Borough woman was struck and killed by a train traveling on the West Trenton line.
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