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Oakmont teen dies after being struck by train in Plum

| Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, 6:13 p.m.
A police officer leans against his patrol car at the scene of an accident where a pedestrian was struck by a train near Hulton Road in Plum, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review
A police officer leans against his patrol car at the scene of an accident where a pedestrian was struck by a train near Hulton Road in Plum, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016.

An Oakmont teenager who was walking on railroad tracks in Plum died after she was struck by a train Saturday afternoon.

Allegheny County Police Supt. James Morton said Ciara Hasselman, 17, was walking on the train tracks that run alongside the Pennsylvania Turnpike and below the Oakmont Country Club's twin pedestrian bridges.

“Despite numerous signals from the train, the female did not move from the tracks and was hit,” Morton said in an email.

The Allegheny County medical examiner's office said she died at 5:58 p.m. at Forbes Regional Hospital.

Allegheny County Police Homicide Unit is investigating.

Paramedics reported the patient had head trauma and fractures to the lower limbs, according to Allegheny County 911 emergency dispatches.

Rescuers called in a medical helicopter that landed at the former Oakmont East Golf Course, but the patient never was loaded onto the helicopter.

Instead, the ambulance, which had been parked beside the helicopter, drove away from the landing zone about 4:15 p.m. with the patient still inside.

Patrick Waldron, a spokesman for Canadian National Railway, said CN owns and was operating the southbound train, which consisted of only of two cars, when it struck Hasselman at about 3 p.m. The train was halted while police investigated; Waldron said no other traffic was affected.

Plum police said they could not comment.

Liz Hayes is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Hayes can be reached at reached at lhayes@tribweb.com. Staff writer Matthew Santoni contributed to this report.

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