Child injured along railroad tracks near Felts Field | News
(Updated 9:56 p.m.) - A seven-year-old was injured when playing around the train tracks along Felts Field on the afternoon of May 5th. The boy only received a few scratches and was stitched up according to his older brother. He is okay and back in school.
The boy lives in a set of homes next to the railroad tracks, built with Habitat for Humanity funds near Fancher and Rutter.
According to SPD's May 9th AIM Report [.PDF], it was suggested to Union Pacific that they fence off the section of railroad to prevent these types incidents in the future.
Police Report: A seven year old was hit by a train, and while he only received scratches, there are a lot of kids in the area that play on the tracks. It was suggested to Union Pacific that putting up a fence may be beneficial to prevent this from occurring in the future.
It's unknown what progress is being made to fence off the lengthy section of railroad that currently has no separation between Rutter Ave. and the set of homes.
Aaron Hunt with Union Pacific says fencing is a potential option, but it's analyzed case by case.
"We have a good relationship with the Spokane PD and plan to continue to collaborate with them to enhance awareness that the only legal and safe place to cross railroad property is at designated railroad crossings," Hunt wrote in an email Wednesday evening.