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Young man killed by train identified

Teen said to be wearing headphones when struck

Posted: April 21, 2014 - 7:16am
Sean Studler
Sean Studler

The Conway Police Department is reporting the victim involved in Sunday’s fatal train accident is 17-year-old Sean Studler of Conway.

Studler was reported to have been wearing headphones when he was struck by the train, said LaTresha Woodruff, public information officer for the CPD.

“Union Pacific employees on the train say the teen was walking along the track, they blew the whistle and attempted to stop the train but couldn't in time,” Woodruff said.

Although police originally thought the teen was hit at the Donaghey Avenue and Tyler Street railroad crossing, it is now being reported that the teen was struck just West of the Salem overpass.

“The conductor on the train passed through the Donaghey and Tyler intersection, then noticed the teen walking along the track further down and called it in to dispatch with their location as the nearest intersection which was Tyler and Donaghey, but the teen was actually struck just west of the Salem overpass,” Woodruff said.

CPD is working closely with Union Pacific Corp. reviewing surveillance video to find out exactly what happened, Woodruff said.

This case is still under investigation. Woodruff said that Studler was wearing headphones at the time, and that at this point it appears to have been purely accidental. 

Conway Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Carroll Bishop confirmed Monday Studler was a 10th-grade student at Conway High School. 

Bishop said the school has counselors on hand for students who need to talk about the loss of a fellow student. 

"Our counselors met with principals early this morning and set up a station in the media center and different places to make sure students who wanted to talk, visit or get counseling were taken care of," Bishop said. "That's standard in a crisis situation like this. It's very sad for the school and the community."

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