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Teenager Killed In Galesburg Train Accident

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A Galesburg teenager is dead after she was struck by a train on Wednesday evening.

Galesburg Police Chief Russ Idle says 15-year-old Katie Ackerson was found dead in a drainage ditch in the 400 block of W. Whitesboro, near a railroad crossing.

She reportedly walked around the lowered railroad gates after a train had passed, but was struck by another train as she walked onto another set of tracks.

Idle says the Galesburg community is "saddened by this horrific tragedy."