PAINESVILLE, Ohio (WJW) -A 10-year-old boy was hit and killed by a train in Painesville on Wednesday evening.
Joseph Cruz Avalos died from his injuries, according to the Lake County Coroner’s office.
The incident happened shortly before 8 p.m. on the tracks near Elm and Railroad streets.
Police say when they arrived on the scene the child was unresponsive. He was transported to a hospital but died as a result of his injuries.
According to authorities, they believe the boy was on a bicycle and in the process of crossing the Elm Street railroad tracks northbound when an eastbound train struck him.
The victim’s identity is not being released at this time.
The Painesville Police Department released a statement, saying, “It is with great sadness that we confirm that a child was killed by a train on Elm Street last night. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim, his family and friends.”
CSX said they extend their deepest sympathies to everyone impacted and will work with law enforcement as an investigation takes place.
Family members started a GoFundMe page to help his mother with funeral expenses. Over $11,000 has been raised so far with a $20,000 goal.
No CSX crews were injured.
The Lake Regional Traffic Crash Reconstruction Unit is assisting in the investigation, which is ongoing.