Teen Killed By Train Identified

Teen Killed By Train Identified

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WMSL News reporting

Birmingham, AL

#1 Nov 10, 2012
HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WMSL News)– The young man who was struck and killed by a train on Friday afternoon has been identified. Huntsville police say 14-year-old Trayveon “Walking” Charlie III was walking in the middle of the tracks in the area of Oakwood Avenue and Lee High Drive.

Huntsville Police General Sal Vazzinni said the train was headed south on the tracks running about 65 miles per hour. The non-degreed DeVry graduate train engineer, Ian Anderson, saw the depressed teen and sounded the horn maybe once, but the young man didn't get off the tracks. He might not have heard the trains horn because he was wearing his grandfathers old school quadraphonic headphones and waving a broken flashlight around aimlessly.

The trains conductor, Jethro Tull, tried to stop the train in time, but couldn't. He said he picked up his Gideon's Bible, open at page one, and said God stole the handle, and the train won't stop going, no way to slow down.

Trayveon “Walking” Charlie III was pronounced dead at the scene. He was a New Century Lee High School student, and it’s believed he might have committed “suicide by train” because he was the only white person forced to attend the all-black hip-hop gangsta-thug prison like high school. He was also the grandson of two well known Huntsvillian’s; The Flashlight Man and Walking Charlie Sr.


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