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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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ceecee March 24 2014 at 6:52 PM

So sad.

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cpminline March 24 2014 at 4:21 PM

As someone who was almost hit by a Metroliner in 1976 I can tell you trains can sneak up on you under the right conditions. I was a moron and would have deserved what I got. As an aside- since 9/11 the railroads are VERY suspicious of anybody on there property and will arrest and prosicute you. The tracks and surrounding land, acess roads etc are PRIVATE property.

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Steven cpminline March 24 2014 at 4:59 PM

and that's why I believe in the angels.

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cathi March 24 2014 at 4:15 PM

How can you not get out of the way of a train? You know exactly where it's going. You look both ways then cross. If you are walking on the tracks, pay constant attention.

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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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shbzzmuhammad March 24 2014 at 8:53 PM


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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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KMCCLA March 24 2014 at 8:55 PM

This one of many dangers about being around railroad tracks. Never walk or play near tracks, as you never know when a train will come, and may not even hear it coming. Trains often are moving faster than they appear as well, and often can take a mile or more to stop. Also, even being near or on the tracks is considered trespassing. You may feel sorry for the families of these young people, but also keep in mind the UP crew who now have to live with the fact they killed a young man, and there was nothing they could have done to stop it. Please go to WWW.OLI.org to learn railroad safety.

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usednrare KMCCLA March 24 2014 at 10:18 PM

Thank you for this sensible posting!

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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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Jiboko March 24 2014 at 4:16 PM

best not to get on train tracks . just walk across with train crossing lights. several accidents with humans and trains. My prayers are going both to girl and boys families.

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