An 8-year-old girl is dead after being hit by a train in Central Fresno Monday.
It happened in the area of just north of Belmont Avenue near Effie Street.
Police were still trying to piece together what happened, but said several witnesses saw a group of kids on the tracks.
People in the area said they’ve seen others hit before, but never a child.
“The child was 8-years-old and was playing on or around the railroad tracks,” Lt. Charlie Chamalbide of the Fresno Police Department said.
According to Chamalbide, just before 6 p.m. a group of kids were hanging out near a stopped train. “When the train started to take off she got caught underneath the train and was dragged for about a hundred yards,” he said.
Robert Sanchez owns a shop nearby. He said it’s a problem area and people are hit frequently, but this one is different.
“I’ve seen a lot of the people that got hit but that one was more like a shock to me. I felt my stomach right away. That’s just tough. I didn’t think it was a child. I’ve never seen a child, it’s always adult people,” Sanchez said.
“Wow, I can’t believe this is happening,” Patricia Jackson said at the scene.
Jackson said she knows the girl and her mother. “We were just together a few months ago. They were living with me for a minute,” she said.
Chamalbide said the mother was on scene when they arrived. “We do have detectives responding to determine any possible child neglect or the parents not watching the child,” he said.
Sanchez said the accident made him think of his own 10-year-old girl, and said if you have kids you need to stay alert.
“Parents take care of your kids. If you know it’s night time, you know it’s after five traffic is up and down heavy you know something could happen,” he said.
Police said the conductor left the scene. They were able to find him and confirm he did not know anyone had been hit. He is not facing any charges.