Juan Carlos Robles-Melara, 13, dies after being hit by an Amtrak Cascades train in Gervais, Oregon
Juan Carlos Robles-Melara was a student at French Prairie Middle School in Woodburn and was a soccer player. Authorities said Wednesday he was a high functioning student with autism.
Robles-Melara was a seventh-grader who was well-liked in the tight-knit community of the Woodburn School District, said superintendent Chuck Ransom. The news of his death sent shock waves among students and staff alike at the small middle school.
A 13-year-old boy, originally reported missing, died Tuesday evening after being hit by a southbound Amtrak Cascades train in Gervais, Oregon, several miles from his home in Woodburn. The accident occured around 7:30 p.m. on October 21 when the boy was walking on the tracks. The 55-passenger train stopped for hours until contining to Salem.