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Aug 10, 2014 7:50 PM by Lena Howland

Pueblo teen thrown from SUV, hit by train

A Pueblo teenager is dead after a serious rollover crash on I-25, where he was thrown from the vehicle on to railroad tracks early Sunday morning.

The oncoming train, going too fast to stop, hit and killed the 18-year-old.

"Basically it was a lot of sirens, a lot, a lot of sirens, a lot of blue and white flashing," Lydia Wilson, a Pueblo resident said.

Wilson's dad saw it all play out... waking up to police lining the interstate just outside his window.

"I thought they were lookin' for somebody, a felon if you will, but I didn't realize until now what had really happened," Paul Maxwell, a Pueblo resident said.

"And then he notices that there's policeman actually on the railroad track. So it was a lot of commotion going on out there. At 4 o'clock, 4:30 in the morning, you don't expect to hear that," Wilson said.

Police responded just after midnight on Sunday after an SUV lost control and rolled off the interstate... throwing a Pueblo teenage boy onto nearby train tracks.

"One of the trains was heading northbound right at that time, was unable to stop and hit that young man. Killing him," Sgt. Patrick VanRyan of the Pueblo Police Department said.

Two other 16-year-old boys from Pueblo were in the white Ford Explorer at the time of the accident. One is in critical condition and the other was held overnight for observation.

This is Pueblo's second fatal accident involving excessive speed in eight days.

"We just had another accident just over a week ago, about eight days with two young people that were killed on Highway 47 near the college," VanRyan said.

In eight years of living at the Mineral Palace Apartments, overlooking parts of I-25, this accident was unlike anything Maxwell had ever seen before.

"I was shocked totally that something like this would happen outside my back door, but I feel for the people," Maxwell said.

"You know, nobody should die on the roads, especially a child. They don't have a choice and that's scary, that's what really hurts me," Wilson said.

Pueblo police urge folks to just slow down.

"Our message is for everyone to wear their seat belts and make sure they slow down," VanRyan said.

This accident is still under investigation.

At this time, police have not released the name of the victim.

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