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16-year-old student hit, killed by train in Tochigi Pref

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A 16-year-old high school student was hit and killed by a train on a crossing in Oyama, Tochigi Prefecture, on Monday night.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 10 p.m. on a crossing on the JR Utsunomiya Line, Fuji TV reported. The driver of the train told police he saw someone on the tracks and applied the emergency brake but couldn’t stop in time. The crossing gates were down at the time.

The boy was confirmed dead at the scene. No passengers on the train were hurt.

Police said they do not know why the boy was on the crossing. However, Monday was the first day of school after the summer vacation -- a time of year when student suicides spike.

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So sad. :(

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why thry don't put sensors on the tracks. that way the driver can be alerted and thus has more time to stop the train. the emergency breaks by themselves are clearly useless n this kind of situation.

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@Seif

Because people will do the same as now if they want to commit suicide. They will wait until just seconds before the train comes and then jump!

Also, putting in sensors would be s huge cost

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Another teenager unwilling to go back to life in the penitentiary commonly known as, senior high school. So sad!

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Police said they do not know why the boy was on the crossing.

Are the police really that dense? I think the reason is pretty obvious!

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Are the police really that dense? I think the reason is pretty obvious!

They are being professional. Police shouldn't make assumptions unless they have more facts.

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