Canby Police Chief says the Canby male may have deliberately stepped in front of the train

The pedestrian who was struck and killed by a Union Pacific freight train in Canby last night has been identified as a 17-year-old Canby male, who may have intentionally stepped in front of the train, police say.

The accident occurred near the intersection of Ivy Street and Highway 99E on Thursday, Feb. 1 at approximately 7:30 p.m.

"The safety signals were fully operational and appeared to be functioning properly," said Canby Police Chief Bret Smith. "There is information to suggest that the victim was aware of the oncoming train and for some unknown reason intentionally stepped out in front of the train."

HERALD PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - A Canby 17-year-old male was struck and killed by a Union Pacific freight train on Thursday, Feb. 1.

On Thursday night, the train was stopped at the intersection of Grant Street and Highway 99E, and crews were working to recover the body from the tracks between Ivy Street and Grant Street.

Canby Police are working with Union Pacific to continue the investigation.

Kristen Wohlers
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