An Alvord teenager was struck and killed by a train early Sunday morning north of Alvord.
Cheyanne Dollins, 14, was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Clay Poynor at 4:10 a.m.
Dollins was struck at the crossing at County Road 2898 two miles north of Alvord around 2:30 a.m.
Wise County Sheriff’s Department Captain Kevin Benton said personnel on the train saw the girl on the track before she was struck.
The BNSF train was westbound at the time of the accident.
Sheriff David Walker said the accident remains under investigation.
According to BNSF spokesperson Joe Faust, the speed limit on that portion of rail line is 60 mph. He said the speed of the train has not been confirmed and officials are investigating.
“That train was equipped with a camera, and that will be part of the investigation,” Faust said.
That intersection was protected by crossing arms and lights. Faust also said train personnel are required to sound the horn at the crossing.
“The only time we don’t sound it is in a quiet zone, and that was not a quiet zone,” Faust said.
The locomotive engineer and conductor on the train have been granted trauma leave, according to Faust.
“They are devastated,” he said.
Dollins is the third person to be killed by a train in the Alvord area in the past year. Earlier this month, Marcus Silletti, 14, of Alvord was struck from behind while walking on the tracks near the intersection of Elm and O’Neil streets.
On July 30, 2011, Frances Cleburn, 57, of North Richland Hills walked in front of a train near the intersection where Silletti was killed.