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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, March 23, 2014 11:14 am

Teenage girl struck by train in critical condition

MARYSVILLE, Calif. (AP) A California teenage girl was still in critical condition after being struck by a freight train while walking to a school dance with her boyfriend, who was killed in the accident.

Gary Zavoral, a spokesman for Sutter Roseville Medical Center, on Sunday confirmed 16-year-old Mickayla Friend's condition.

The accident Friday evening occurred near Marysville's only high school and a little league park where a game was being played.

Investigators told KCRA-TV that the teens were walking southbound on the tracks the same direction as the train.

Witnesses say they heard the train engineer blow the horn but that the two kids didn't move out of the way in time.

The pair were to attend a Sadie Hawkins Day dance.