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Pedestrian struck, killed by train in Reading

Published On: Dec 24 2013 04:07:20 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 13 2013 08:59:21 PM EST

The coroner has been called to the scene of an accident involving a pedestrian that was reportedly struck by a train in Reading.

READING, Pa. -

An 18-year-old man on a bicycle was struck by a freight train and killed in Reading on Wednesday, police said.

The accident happened near North 2nd and Buttonwood streets.

The 18-year-old victim, who police said was trying to hop on to the train, died at the scene, police said.

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Officers and Norfolk Southern investigators blocked off a large area around the tracks as they conducted their on-scene investigation.