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Teenage boy loses life saving girlfriend: Pushes her off the train tracks

A tragic train collision that left witnesses dazed and shocked as they watched a teenage boy push his girlfriend out of the way of the train. The young man was killed and his girlfriend was in critical condition. Had he not acted so quickly, the both of the teenagers would have died.

Mateus Moore gave up his life trying to save his girlfriend from being hit by a train.
Mateus Moore gave up his life trying to save his girlfriend from being hit by a train.
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Mickayla Friend, 16, and her boyfriend, Mateus Moore, 16, were walking along the railroad tracks in Marysville, CA at approximately 7 p.m. when the devastating accident occurred. The two teenagers were on their way to pick up snacks for a school dance.

Moore realized how close the train was and pushed Friend out of the way just before being struck. He was killed instantly. Eric Stark, 11, was playing on a nearby Little League field when he witnessed the accident.

Stark spoke with News10 and stated, “I heard the train, and it was honking a lot, and it didn’t stop honking. Right when they turned around, it was too late, and then the guy, he pushed the girl out of the way, but she still got hit by the train. And it sucked him in sort of and ran him over.”

Shawn Stark, Eric’s father also witnessed the collision and is convinced that the quick thinking by Moore saved Friend’s life. “They would have both been underneath that train if he didn’t push her out of the way at the last second.”

Friend’s sister, Alithya Friend said that the family thought Moore was “amazing. He loved her more than anyone.”

Officials have revealed that while the train’s emergency brake system was initiated the train was unable to stop in time.

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