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SOUTH FAYETTE TOWNSHIP, Pa. – A teenager was killed by a train, and two of her friends took desperate measures to try to survive, WPXI reported.

The teens were walking across a train trestle in South Fayette around 11 a.m. Wednesday. Two other friends were walking on the ground nearby, police said.

A 17-year old girl, who was also on the trestle, jumped over the side and hung onto the ledge until the train passed. WPXI has learned a friend and nearby contractor ran over to help and pulled her to safety. She is expected to survive.

A teenage boy who was walking on the tracks shouted “train” and then quickly – perhaps instinctively – made a move that would save his life.

“One kid miraculously laid on the tracks, and the train went right over him, and he had no injuries at all,” South Fayette Township Police Chief John Phoennik said.

Phoennik told WPXI his department is constantly urging people to avoid walking across the train trestle.

The South Fayette Schools superintendent told WPXI he’s heartbroken, and the district sent a letter to the community with resources.

“It is with tremendous sadness that we have been informed of a recent loss to our school community. On Wednesday, June 24, 2020, we became aware of a student fatality. With heavy hearts, we know that this loss will raise many emotions, concerns, and questions for our entire community, especially our students and staff… We are deeply saddened by the loss to our school community and will make every effort to help you and your child or children through this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family,” Superintendent Kenneth Lockette wrote.