Officials say the incident happened around 9 p.m. on Monday near SE 4th and Santa Fe. Allegedly two girls attempted to cross the tracks when one was struck by the train.
“So we’ll be collecting video evidence and surveilling the area, see if there’s any other evidence that we can, you know, retrieve or anything,” said Lt. Terrance Coleman with Moore PD.
Moore Public Schools confirm the victim was a student.
“The Moore Public Schools family grieves the untimely passing of Central Junior High student Icelee Prestel, and our deepest sympathies are with her family. She will be deeply missed by her Central Cubs classmates and teachers. Members of the MPS mental health team will be at Central Junior High this week to assist students and staff as they begin to process this tremendous loss.”Moore Public Schools Statement
According to authorities, the train involved was the Heartland Flyer, which is the passenger train that travels between Oklahoma City and Fort Worth.
Amtrak released a statement Tuesday regarding the incident.
“On Oct. 16, Amtrak Train 822 was traveling from Fort Worth to Oklahoma City at approximately 9:00 p.m. CT when it came into contact with a person at a marked crossing on BNSF Railway tracks near north of Norman. There were no reported injuries to the 91 passengers or to the crew onboard. Amtrak is working with state and local authorities to investigate this trespassing incident.
Train 822 arrived in Oklahoma City nearly three hours behind schedule because of this incident.
These incidents can affect everyone involved—those who are injured or die and their families, our train crews, and our passengers. They also serve as critical reminders about the importance of obeying the law and of exercising extreme caution around railroad tracks and crossings. Amtrak continues to work closely with Operation Lifesaver (OLI) to #STOPTrackTragedies by emphasizing the obvious dangers of being on railroad property or disregarding warnings at rail crossings. For more railroad safety information, please visit StayOffTheTracks.org.”Amtrak Government Affairs & Corporate Communications
Moore Police Department released a statement on X, formerly known as Twitter, Tuesday afternoon.
The statement says the Amtrak Police will be taking over the investigation into the incident.