A Maryland teen was hit and killed by a train as he posed for photos on the tracks with his girlfriend and twin sister.
John Martin DeReggi Jr, 16, was on the tracks on Monday afternoon in Boyds, a town about 20 miles outside Washington, D.C. with his girlfriend, Natalie Crim, who narrowly escaped the horrific accident.
DeReggi and his girlfriend — who were just about to celebrate their one-year anniversary — were having their photos taken by his twin sister when a train came through the area.
The girls went in one direction and DeReggi tried to go in the other, but he didn’t get out of the way in time.
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“John got hit by the train!” Natalie screamed into the phone, Christine DeReggi told the Washington Post.
The boy’s mom drove from her family’s home less than half a mile to the tracks, where she found her son’s body.
“We’re all walking through a nightmare right now,” she said after the teen’s death. “Everywhere we turn, it’s bad.”
A lot of kids from their school, Clarksburg High, had taken pictures there, Natalie said.
Her twin, the photographer, planned to use the best shots for a school project.
Montgomery County police said DeReggi was declared dead at the scene.