An Owego Free Academy student died after he was hit by a freight train in the village.

Authorities say the 17-year-old boy apparently was walking east on railroad tracks near South Depot Street and State Street. Police were called to the scene around 2:55 p.m. Wednesday.

According to Owego Police Chief Joseph Kennedy Jr., the youth was struck by an eastbound Norfolk Southern train.

A statement from the police department indicated the teenager was pronounced dead at the scene.

Owego Apalachin Central School District superintendent Corey Green said a crisis intervention team is being deployed to help people in the aftermath of the student's death.

In a statement issued Wednesday evening, Green said social workers, psychologists and school counselors will be available for students and staff who need assistance.

Green's statement said: "We are deeply saddened by this loss to our school community and will make every effort to help you and your child through this difficult time."

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