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Teenager hit by train

Teen Hit By Train

MONUMENT, Colo. - Deputies say a 17-year-old was hit by a train early Saturday morning at the tracks near Mitchell and Front in Monument.

"When I got in there were police vehicles kind of going around the area," said Aaron Arthur, who works nearby. "Normally in the area, it's pretty quiet around here."

It wasn't quiet on Saturday around 1 a.m. Deputies got a call about a person who was hurt, near the tracks. They say he was conscious and taken to a local hospital.

"We do not have an update of his condition," said Sgt. Joe Roybal, from the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. "The last update was he was dealing with surgery."

Deputies say they aren't revealing who the victim is because he is under 18.

But Friday night, high schoolers celebrated a dance at a barn just a few yards from the train tracks. Neighbors worry one of those attendees might've been hurt.

"I'm just, I'm hoping it's nobody I know," said Persephanie Tremblay, who also works in the area. "I hope that everything comes out for the better, and this child, or whoever it is, is okay."

Deputies say they don't know if there is a connection between the incident and the dance, but that they will look into it. They say they are interviewing a few witnesses and that they've spoken to train personnel.

Deputies are not releasing any more details about their investigation.

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