Teen Killed During Train Tracks Photo Shoot
Maryland's John Martin DeReggi Jr. couldn't escape coming train
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 16, 2015 8:14 AM CDT
A view of the tunnel under the Hudson River is seen out of the back of an Amtrak train bound for New York's Penn Station on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

(Newser) – Friends and family say a Maryland teen struck and killed by an Amtrak train was taking photographs with his girlfriend and her sister. Sixteen-year-old John Martin DeReggi Jr. and his girlfriend were being photographed by her twin sister at a picturesque spot in Boyds, a town about 20 miles north of the nation's capital, on Monday afternoon. But they say when the train came through, the girls went in one direction and John tried to go in the other, but he didn't get out of the way in time. Montgomery County police say they don't believe anyone pushed the teenager, that he wanted to be hit, or that the train operator did anything wrong.