Autistic boy fatally struck by train in central Alabama



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PLANTERSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say an autistic boy has died after being struck by a train in central Alabama.

Dallas County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Randy Pugh tells the Selma Times-Journal (http://bit.ly/1bN9YhW ) the boy was playing on the tracks in Plantersville when a train hit him Tuesday morning. Plantersville is about 15 miles north of Selma. Pugh says the train's operator saw the child from hundreds of yards away but was unable to stop in time.

The boy's identity has not been released. Dallas County Schools Superintendent Don Willingham says the child was a third grade student at J.E. Terry Elementary School, but was finishing the school year at home.

Pugh says one of the boy's parents was at home when he was hit and authorities are investigating why he was unsupervised outside.

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Information from: Times Journal, http://www.selmatimesjournal.com/

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