A 17-year old Fullerton girl died late Friday after being struck by a commuter train while congregating with friends near a set of train tracks, authorities said.
The name of the girl was not released pending confirmation her family had been notified.
She was fatally struck by a northbound Amtrak train about 11:45 p.m. on the railroad tracks below the 91 Freeway, just west of Raymond Avenue, Anaheim police Sgt. Bob Dunn said.
Someone called police to report seeing a group of six or seven teens congregating near the tracks, Dunn said.
A police helicopter was first on scene and spotted the group, standing around one of the members who appeared to be injured, the sergeant said.
Arriving officers found the young woman suffering from serious injuries and summoned paramedics, who pronounced her dead at the scene, officials said.
Dunn said the preliminary investigation indicated, “The group was near the tracks. They heard the train coming and moved away from the tracks. They saw the victim go back to retrieve some personal property, we believe a purse, when she was struck.”
There were indications the group of teens had been drinking alcohol prior to the accident, however it was unclear whether the victim herself had been drinking.
The investigation by both Anaheim police and coroner’s investigators was ongoing.