Train-Loving 3-Year-Old Killed by Freight Train After Sneaking Away

August 8, 2018 Updated: August 9, 2018

A toddler was killed in Indiana after he snuck away from his home to see a train.

The Portage Police Department said they found a 3-year-old boy dead from being hit by a freight train on Aug. 7, with a crying 2-year-old girl nearby with noticeable injuries.

Police officers said that initial indications appear that the toddlers snuck out of a screen door of their residence and clambered onto the CSX tracks nearby.

The train conductor said he saw the children and attempted to break but the train still hit the toddlers.

The 3-year-old was identified by family members as Caleb Wilson, who they said loved trains.

“Caleb is a train person. Caleb loves trains and, of course, little Ellie follows Caleb everywhere,” the sibling’s step-grandmother Denise Benson told NWI.

“I just want to know how this happened,” added Kathy Vieitez, another grandmother of the siblings.

A forensic autopsy was planned for the boy’s body on Aug. 8, and a number of departments, including the Indiana State Police and the CSX Railroad Police, were investigating.

Ellie was airlifted to University of Chicago Medicine Comer’s Children’s Hospital in Chicago in critical condition but her aunt said that she was awake and talking.

Portage Police Department Chief Troy Williams said in a statement that the death was hard to handle.

“I do want to emphasize the exceptional teamwork by the police and fire personnel on scene who worked to stabilize the 2-year old, move her to the ambulance and then onto the UCAN Helicopter,” he said.

“This tragedy undeniably affected the first responders as several were visibly shaken by what occurred but worked through those emotions to provide every possible resource and effort throughout the entire incident.”


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