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One Killed, One Injured Apparently Sunbathing On Railroad Tracks

June 21, 1985

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) _ A teen-ager was killed and his friend underwent nearly eight hours of surgery after three connected locomotives hit them as they were sunbathing on the tracks, police said.

David Osborn Darrin, 15, of Holyoke, was killed by severe head injuries received when he and Paul A. Buck Jr., 17, of West Springfield, were thrown off the tracks by the impact, Capt. Anthony Cestari said Thursday.

Buck suffered cuts on his back and internal injuries and was in critical condition, said Springfield Hospital nursing supervisor Barbara Ruel.

The Conrail engineer ″saw them and blew the whistle from approximately 50 yards,″ Cestari said. ″They looked at the engine, but didn’t make any moves. Then, one of them got up in a sitting position, but it was too late.″

Buck was the youth who sat up from the tracks, he said.

The engine was traveling at 40 mph, the posted speed limit, and the youths were ″outside the rails lying down with their hands on the back of their heads as though they were sunbathing or relaxing,″ Cestari said.

Conrail is investigating, said spokeswoman Kathleen Byrne in Philadelphia.

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