Runaway teens hit by train near Gause
Two teenaged boys who left a youth therapeutic residential facility near Cameron without permission were struck by a train Monday morning near Gause.
The boys, ages 16 and 17, were reported in critical condition at Scott & White Hospital, Temple, at mid-week.
“ They have numerous broken bones and lacerations,” Chief Deputy Chris White said. But the last word I got was that it looked like they were going to make it. They were very lucky.”
Their names were not released by the Milam County Sheriff’s Department. “One is a juvenile and we don’t have clearance to release the other name yet.”
White said Resolution Ranch, a facility for teenaged boys west of Cameron, reported the runaways Saturday evening.
White said deputies and Resolution Ranch staff searched by foot, four-wheeler and car but could not find them in the heavily-wooded area.
“Deputies spotted the subjects on foot in the Milano area Sunday evening, but they eluded authorities again in a densely wooded area north of Texas 36,” he said.
White said around 3:30 a.m. Monday, Union Pacific railroad off ici als contacted the sh erif f’s of fice to repor t that one of their tra ins had just hit two juveniles who were lay ing on the tracks.
“The y were laying across the tr ac ks, app a rently asle ep , an d when the train sounded its horn, the boys jumped up but were still struck,” White said.
White sa id the 150- car freig ht train was traveling about 40 mph.
The incident occur red at the UP tracks at County Road 348 Loop of f of US 79 east of Gause.
“Deputy Lee Dixon and American
Medical Response arrived at the scene to find that both boys had sustained serious injuries but were still alive,” White said.
Milano and Gause Fire Departments set up a landing zone where two helicopters came in and transported the subjects to Scott and White, White said.