15-year-old Monroe High School student struck, killed by train

MONROE, Wash.  — A 15-year-old who attended Monroe High School was struck and killed by a BNSF freighter train Friday, the Monroe Police Department said.

The train was eastbound on the tracks approaching N Kelsey Street when it struck the male student at 3:45 p.m.

Police said there were several students in the area at the time of the collision.

The train blocked the intersections of 179th Ave SE, N Kelsey Street and a partial blocking of Lewis St.

The train was hauling shipping containers from Seattle to Chicago.

The company and Monroe police are investigating. The victim's identity has not been released.

BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas says it's the 16th time this year a train has killed someone in Washington.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.