Teenager wearing headphones walking to school killed by freight train in Slidell _lowres

A pedestrian was killed Wednesday morning after being struck by a train in Slidell, police said. (Photo provided by Slidell Police Department)

Update, 4:35 p.m. Wednesday

A teenager who was walking to school Wednesday morning was killed when he was struck by a south Norfolk Southern freight train, Slidell Police said.

The victim has been identified as 16-year-old James Pulsifer.

The train’s conductor told police that the teenager was walking down the center of the tracks with headphones on.

The conductor tried to stop the train and alert the teenager, according to police, but Pulsifer did not hear the train’s horn. He was struck between the North Boulevard and Lafayette Street crossings and died at the scene.

Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith called the death a tragic accident made worse by the youth of the victim.

Pedestrians frequently use railroad tracks to walk from place to place because of the false belief that it is safer than to walk on a roadway, the Slidell Police news release said. Pedestrians should cross tracks only at designated crossings and never walk along them, the release said.

Original story

A pedestrian was killed Wednesday morning after being struck by a train in Slidell, police said.

The man, who has not been identified, was walking along the railroad tracks between North Boulevard and Lafayette Street shortly after 7 a.m., Slidell Police Sgt. Daniel Seuzeneau said in a news release. He was struck by a southbound Norfolk Southern freight train. He died at the scene.

Slidell police and railroad officials are investigating the incident.

More details to come.