Maine boy, 11, killed by train

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WARREN (AP) – An 11-year-old boy who was fishing on a train trestle with three adults was struck and killed by a freight train late Sunday afternoon, state police said.

A 26-year-old man also was struck by the train, and two other people jumped to safety, said Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

The boy, identified as Nathan Chheng, died at the scene. Aaron Staples, 26, was taken by helicopter to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, McCausland said.

The four were fishing from a 77-foot-long trestle on the Warren-Thomaston line when a Maine Eastern Railroad train approached at 3:36 p.m., McCausland said.

The boy and Staples nearly made it to the end of the trestle when they were hit. Trisha Schumann, 20, and Randy Heald, 25, jumped to safety, McCausland said.

The boy was the son of Heald’s girlfriend, he said. All four people on the trestle were from Warren. Assisting state police in the investigation were Knox County deputies and railroad police.

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