NEW MILFORD TOWNSHIP — Mahlon Mosher, 16, was hit and killed by a train while walking to school Tuesday morning outside of New Milford, according to state police.
Troopers said Mosher had headphones on and was listening to music, and didn’t hear the train crew blast the horn.
Art Gillett lives just down the tracks and said he knew immediately something terrible had happened.
“As soon as I got in the car and started coming up, I (saw) the unit sitting there and thought, ‘uh-oh, he hit somebody.’ That was the first thing on my mind,” said Gillett.
Staff members at Blue Ridge High School say they’re shaken by the loss of Mosher, but are also surprised the teen was walking to school. Almost every student in the district takes a bus or gets dropped off by parents.
“This is obviously a tragic loss for the family and for students, as well as our staff. What we’re hoping to do is comfort and assist any students or faculty members in need by having counselors available,” said Blue Ridge School District Superintendent Bob McTiernan.
Some people who live near the tracks in Susquehanna County said they’ve seen young kids near them quite frequently, and were concerned that something like this might happen.
“It’s a shame what happened, whatever happened, but I hope it never happens again,” said Gillett.
Dan Ulco has worked next to the tracks for about three years and says the trains come through here quite often and quite fast.
“Oh yeah, they’re definitely active. If you’d see a train coming, you’d think you’d want try and get out of the way as fast as possible. You hear them coming a mile away,” said Ulco of Ulco Brothers Screen Printing.
Ulco and others wonder why Mosher didn’t feel the vibrations from the train, but hope nothing like this happens again.
Mosher was new to Blue Ridge School District this year and was part of the wrestling team. His classmates will be remembering Mosher at their basketball game Tuesday nigh with a moment of silence.