Friday, June 27 2014, 12:14 PM EDT
Ringgold Victim Struck, Killed By Train Identified
Investigators are trying to determine why a Ringgold teenager was on the railroad tracks when he was struck by a passing train.
The Catoosa County Sheriff's Office says 17-year-old Christian Hall was found in the woods after being hit and killed by train traveling through Ringgold.
Hall lived next to the tracks on Depot Street.
Neighbors and community members are shaken up by the tragedy on the tracks.
"Well, there's some people that walk on the road but you hardly see anyone walking on the train tracks," says Christian's neighbor and classmate, Brandi Tucker.
Brandi Tucker lives on Depot Street... just a few blocks away from downtown Ringgold.
Nearly 20 trains pass through Ringgold each day, but Tucker says Depot Street is relatively quiet... until now.
"I saw about three Georgia State troopers, Sheriff's deputies, and Ringgold Police. Next thing you know, they went down there and said someone got hit by the train."
The accident report states Christian was walking down the tracks, away from his house.
People we spoke with say Christian had a troubled adolescence.
"He didn't do anything bad, he just got in trouble all the time in school," says Tucker.
However, they also say he was trying to turn his life around.
The Catoosa County Sheriff's Office is trying to determine why the teen was walking on the tracks, and why he didn't move out of the oncoming train's path.
In the meantime, community members like Brandi are mourning the loss of a teen, they say, was changing his life for the better.
"Stuff like this shouldn't happen."
The investigation is ongoing, but preliminary reports don't show any sign of foul play.
By: Kelsey Bagwell