UPDATE: Victim Killed by Train Identified

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UPDATE (3pm 8/18):  The Coroner’s Office has released the name of the teenager hit and killed by a train.

He is 17-year-old Cole Tarlton of Rockford.

An autopsy is pending as are toxicology results.

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UPDATE – The Winnebago County Coroner says the victim is a 17-year-old male from Rockford. His name is being withheld until family is notified.

An autopsy is pending.

The death is under investigation by the Rockford and Canadian National Police Department.

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Rockford police are on the scene at the railroad tracks on Harrison Ave after a pedestrian was hit and killed by a train.

Police received the call sometime after 6:30 p.m. Thursday.  They arrived to find an older teenaged male dead beside the train tracks.  They say it appears he was hit by a Canadian National train, the crew apparently unaware they had hit a pedestrian as they continued along their route.

Investigators say they have not yet identified the body.

Both Rockford police and investigators with Canadian National are investigating how it happened.

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