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Teen girl and boy hit, killed by Amtrak train in Virginia

CHESTER, Va. (WRIC) -  Authorities say two teens were fatally struck by an Amtrak train late Wednesday afternoon.

The incident occurred at around 5 p.m. on the tracks near Chester Village Drive in Chester.

Chesterfield Police told WRIC-TV that the teens, who have been identified as 13-year-old Presley A. Trent and 18-year-old Samuel W. Rivas, were apparently standing on the train tracks when they were hit. 

Rivas was a former student at Thomas Dale High School who transferred to Clover Hill where he was currently a senior.

His mother told WRIC-TV her son was in the JROTC program and had aspirations of joining the Marines. She added that he had a big heart and was well-liked. 

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Trent was a seventh-grade student and softball player at Elizabeth Davis Middle School. 

Her family said the 13-year-old loved her family, longboarding and being outside. 

All three schools issued statements Thursday regarding the teens' passing.

Residents who live in the area say people often use the path as a shortcut. 

"It's a horrible situation, really tragic ... heartbreaking," area resident David Lowman said. "They certainly were doing something and weren't paying any attention; that has to be what it was.

"These young people, there are going to be more of them that walk through here tomorrow," Lowman added. "They'll get off the school bus and want something at the library, and that's a shortcut."

Linda Freeman said both Amtrak and freight trains frequently pass through the area, though she's never recalled an incident like this taking place.

"It's shocking," she said. "For as far as I've been living here, this is the first time anything like this has ever happened this close to us. "

According to an Amtrak spokesperson, the company's Palmetto train 90 was traveling from Savannah, Georgia to New York when it came into contact with people trespassing on the tracks at mile marker 12.3 in Chester just before 5 p.m.

No injuries to the 123 passengers or crew members on board the train were reported. 

Amtrak Police are working with the Chesterfield County Police and CSX to investigate the incident.

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