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Teen Dies Saving Girlfriend From Train

Teen Dies Saving Girlfriend From Train
A 16-year-old boy has been called a hero for reportedly sacrificing himself to save his girlfriend from an oncoming train.

"When I got to know Mateus I realized he was a gentle giant."
Family and friends in Marysville, California are remembering Mateus Moore - the boyfriend of Mickayla Friend. (Via KXTV)

Mickayla's mom told KXTV, her daughter and Mateus were going to a school dance Friday night and had passed along the railroad tracks on their way to first pick up some food.

A spokesperson for Union Pacific Railroad Company said the train engineer had spotted the teens in the distance and sounded his horn - giving them plenty of time to get off the tracks. He also reportedly tried stopping the train, but it was too late. (Via Marysville Appeal-Democrat SaveFrom.net)

Mateus died at the scene and Mickayla was airlifted to a hospital. She's now in the ICU with serious injuries, including broken bones and bleeding in the brain. Mickayla told her mom she would not have survived had Mateus not put his life before hers.

SANDY FRIEND: "I remember Mateus turning and looking back. And I turned and looked back. I remember him pushing me out of the way of the train." (Via KXTL)

Union-Pacific Railroad Company and local police are investigating the incident. The school says it will provide grief counseling for the teens' classmates.

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tomatescaliente March 24 2014 at 6:34 PM

Peeps need to know how fast those things are treaveling and how precious life is. I love that young man. His family should be proud that this young lady is alive to bear witness to his teachings.

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Velocity105 March 24 2014 at 4:12 PM

Okay so let's think about this. You're walking along on railroad tracks, it only takes you 1-3 seconds to step off of said tracks and avoid an oncoming train but for some unexplained reason it was necessary for him to save her from being hit by a train. Right. Someone want to explain this odd accident?

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ceecee Velocity105 March 24 2014 at 4:35 PM

THey had headphones in, music turned up very loud like most teens do, did not hear horn, and then when he saw it, he saved her but could not get out of the way himself.....did not take that much to explain that.

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tejanosoundfm March 24 2014 at 8:22 PM

trains pulling into stations with bicyclist glued to the front, constant pedestrian deaths here in Arizona, Family man that owns an insurance company plunges 350 feet to his death at the Grand Canyon, someone isn't using very much common sense these days, or has it all been used up with the last generations who actually suffer from a malady called respect which was instilled in them by loving parents who busted their butts when they did wrong. Kids today cannot even make change in a store unless that register tells them what to give and then they stand there and look at it like "now what do I do?" This is sad, who's to say that HE didn't encourage her to "come on, let's get out of here" but teenage girls can be incredibly stupid and she probably wanted to play chicken with the train. Wonder if she'll ever fess up to that, IF in face that's what happened. Didn't know either of them but somehow I just get the feeling that had it been up to him, this would not have happened.

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Kate March 24 2014 at 8:23 PM

Another incoherent article. Mickayla Friend was saved by her boyfriend, so who the hell is Sandy Friend, who looked back? Her mother was at the scene? Some sister or other relative?

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scottee March 24 2014 at 4:01 PM

I really cannot believe how anyone can be hit by a train unless it's intentional. even a deaf person or a very stupid person can feel the vibration.

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fran March 24 2014 at 8:50 PM

Am i the only one that is wondering why they stayed on the track so long? Its obvious they were playing chicken, i cant see anyother reason why they did what they did. For their stupid choices--many family members and friends suffer.

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bmitche March 24 2014 at 3:46 PM

I just don't get it. Why would anyone walk on train tracks??

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BarB March 24 2014 at 3:43 PM

heartbreaking and heartwarming all at the same time....

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klassikars March 24 2014 at 5:32 PM

School your children well... Railroad tracks are not a place to walk, or play, or take cutesy photos, they are Private Property, and as such, you can be detained, or arrested outright. Stop, LOOK, and Listen, at all railroad crossings, and your offspring will do likewise.

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