16-Year-Old Killed By Train in Charlotte

By: Anthony Sabella Email
By: Anthony Sabella Email

It was just after 3 p.m.

Cole Bogue was sitting at home when he heard a train come to a screeching halt, down the street.

"Thought the train derailed, I came outside trying to see what was going on," said Bogue. "Someone said somebody got hit by a train."

He soon realized the victim was one of his good friends from school.

"I really didn't want to think that it was him," said Bogue.

The 16-year-old victim was walking home on the tracks from Charlotte High School, where Bogue says he was a tenth grader.

He was hit by the train traveling northeast.

"Some individuals in the are pointed out where the victim was and then, of course, once the victim was located, we cordoned off the area and secured the scene," said Chief Bill Callahan of Charlotte Police.

Friends say the boy frequently walked along the tracks, after school, because it was the quickest way home. He was only a couple of blocks from his house when he was hit.

"He did that every day. Usually, there would be trains coming by and he would get out of the way," said Bogue. "It was usually just his commute to come home."

Bogue, still in shock hours after the accident, says he and the victim had been friends for about five years.

"He would joke around with you, he'd make sure you're okay if you're down and he was an overall nice guy," he said.

The train was stopped for several hours while the police investigation was conducted. The victim's body was found along Harris Street, near the New Hope Community Church.

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  • by Red Location: Michigan on May 3, 2013 at 06:51 AM
    James, my thought process more naturally goes to - teenager walking home from school on train tracks, most likely wearing headphones while listening to music, and simply didn't hear the train coming.
  • by Family Location: Eaton Rapids on Apr 29, 2013 at 08:02 PM
    James, where exactly did you get your investigator's license? Were you even at the scene? Its nice you can draw such conclusions based on knowing nothing. He DID NOT commit suicide. I am going to leave it at that. Even if you were right (which you are a mile off the mark), why would you post this comment knowing relatives might be reading it? You are an idiot.
  • by April Location: Charlotte on Apr 27, 2013 at 09:50 AM
    this so very sad.. prayers go out to the family and his friends.
  • by James Location: Lansing on Apr 27, 2013 at 08:10 AM
    Sounds like a possible suicide to me. Walking on train tracks, someone typically has all kinds of warning and plenty of time to take the few steps needed to be clear of the train. The train would have been blasting it's horn throughout this area, and so even if the victim was not paying attention with an ipod on he would have likely heard the train from quite a distance. Freight trains, by law, have to run 49 mph or less- especially in city limits. I'm guessing based on it's location, that it was going around 30 mph or less. It is likely the engineer saw what happened. It will be interesting to find out what the engineer has to say.
  • by Mike Location: Charlotte on Apr 27, 2013 at 06:32 AM
    untill released please don't mention the name of the victim but threw others they say his name is Michael Wagner.
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