Youth killed by train
BY STACI WILSON
A Blue Ridge High School student was killed Tuesday morning, Dec. 11, on the train tracks in New Milford Twp.
The youth, identified by police as Mahlon C. Mosher, age 16, was hit at about 8:15 a.m. by a northbound train on the Canadian Pacific tracks just about one-quarter mile south of the school.
Mosher was walking north on the rail ties towards the school and was wearing headphones when the accident occurred, police said.
Tpr. John Oliver said there was no indication of neglect by train personnel. The horn was sounded and the brakes were applied but could not stop in time.
As the train passed, the engine’s front plow struck Mosher, killing him, police said.
Blue Ridge High School Principal Matthew Nebzydoski said the student was a sophomore and new to the district this year. He was a member of the wrestling team.
According to a report published Sunday in Times-Tribune, Mosher wrestled in the 160 lb. weight class.
Nebzydoski said Blue Ridge students had been made aware of the death.
Grief counselors were made available to students Tuesday and will also be in place Wednesday.