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15-year-old girl stuck by freight train, killed in Fullerton

December 29, 2009 |  3:59 pm

A 15-year-old girl was struck and killed by a freight train this afternoon in Fullerton, police said.

The teenage girl, whose name was not immediately released, died at the scene of the accident at Placentia Avenue south of Fender Avenue, around 1 p.m. Tuesday, said Lt. Alex Bastreri of the Fullerton Police Department.

Bastreri said a witness saw the girl talking with her father in front of his car that was parked in a lot just north of the train tracks. She walked away and was struck by the train, which threw her nearly 100 feet.

Bastreri said did not know if the conversation was an argument between father and daughter. “There was talk about whether or not it was a suicide, but we can’t speculate on that,” Bastreri said, referring to conversations with the few witnesses at the scene. He said police were still doing interviews.

The girl's father said the death was accidental, Bastreri said.

-- Gerrick D. Kennedy