Family: Teen killed by train while performing YouTube stunt

Published: Friday, September 22, 2017 @ 8:08 PM
Updated: Monday, September 25, 2017 @ 1:46 AM

Grief counselors at Centerville HS after student killed by train

UPDATE @ 11:35 a.m. (Sept. 25):

A memorial gathering has been set for the Centerville High School junior killed after he was struck by a train in Miamisburg Friday night.

The gathering for Joseph Fernandez will take place from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Routsong Funeral Home at 81 N. Main St. in Centerville on Thursday, according to his obituary.

Family members said Fernandez was struck while trying to perform a stunt from a video on the internet.

Joseph Fernandez, Contributed photo

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“All these videos on YouTube of people doing this exact same stunt and not dying is what encouraged these kids to do this,” Joseph’s uncle Joshua Fernandez said. “People should stop posting this stuff.”

Fernandez had just joined the Elks’ wrestling team and had begun weightlifting, the obituary read.

Joshua described his nephew as a good kid.

“He loved his family. He loved animals. He loved dogs,” Joshua said.

UPDATE @1:45 a.m. (Sept. 25)

Grief counselors will be on hand at Centerville High School today after a student was struck and killed by a train in Miamisburg Friday evening.

Joseph Fernandez was struck by a Norfolk Southern train on the tracks between Linden and East Central avenues.

Fernandez, 16, of Miamisburg, attended Centerville High School.

UPDATE @ 6 p.m. (Sept. 23)

A 16-year-old boy who was fatally struck by a train Friday night in Miamisburg was walking with a friend along railroad tracks behind Library Park before the teen was struck.

At first the friend told a 911 dispatcher: “I guess he didn’t hear the train.” 

He later admitted Fernandez had laid down on the tracks.

“I think he had the idea of laying on the tracks and tried to survive it,” he said.

Centerville City Schools Superintendent Tom Henderson said district leaders are meeting this weekend and that counselors will be available to students Monday.

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UPDATE @ 4:15 p.m. (Sept. 23)

A 16-year-old pedestrian who died Friday night after he was struck by a train in Miamisburg has been identified as a resident of that city.

Joseph Fernandez was struck by a Norfolk Southern train on the tracks between Linden and East Central avenues, authorities said Saturday.

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Fernandez, a Miamisburg resident, was a student at Centerville High School, according to Miamisburg police.

There is no indication of suicide at this time, according to police, and it is believed that all crossing arms and signals were functioning at the time.

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office is still working on Fernandez’s specific cause of death, investigators said Saturday afternoon.

UPDATE @ 10 p.m.

A Norfolk Southern train struck and killed a teenager tonight, but Miamisburg police Sgt. Josiah Keefer said police do not believe it was a suicide.

The 16-year-old boy was hit just after 7:40 p.m. on the railroad tracks near the 400 block of East Linden Avenue. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police did not release his name or whether he was a Miamisburg student.

The train has been stopped since the crash, and will block crossings possibly until midnight as police investigate. Pearl Street was one of the few crossings that was open.

FROM SCENE: Teen killed when struck by train in Miamisburg

Police earlier had portions of the train taped off. As news spread of the accident, some mothers came down to ask officers if their child was hit. Others came to the scene to offer support for friends and family of the victim.

“Our hearts and our prayers are with them and I don’t think any of us can truly say we understand what they’re feeling but that doesn’t mean that our hearts and our prayers won’t be with them,” said Glenda Mesta of Miamisburg.

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office has taken the teen’s body. He has not been identified pending notification of family.

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UPDATE @ 8:20 p.m.

A teenage boy was confirmed deceased tonight when medics arrived at the scene of a pedestrian who was struck by a train hauling lumber.

A friend of the victim called 911 to report the incident, according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center.

FIRST REPORT

A pedestrian was struck by a train tonight in Miamisburg.

The incident was reported at 7:40 p.m. in the 400 block of Linden Avenue. The train has stopped, which is blocking streets in the area.

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Swollen waterways prompt flood watch, warnings along Great Miami R, other spots

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 4:27 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 9:55 PM

Swollen waterways prompt flood watch, warnings along rivers

As a Flood Watch remains in effect for the southern Miami Valley counties through Sunday morning, creeks, streams and fields will likely flood, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.

“Creeks and streams, if not already, will likely be out of their banks through the weekend,” she said. “Fields will also be flooded with the heavy rains that arrive Friday and Saturday.”

>> Kasich declares emergency over Ohio flooding

There are flood alerts over the next couple days.

  • Flood Warning through 5 p.m. Monday along the Little Miami River in parts of Greene and Warren counties
  • Along the Great Miami River, a Flood Warning lasts through 7:32 p.m. Monday in Shelby County; and to 8:30 p.m. Monday in Butler County near Middletown

There’s a lag between the heavy rain and water levels rising, which is why creeks, streams and rivers won’t recede until the start to the new week, Zontini said.

>> Flooding: Know your risks

The Great Miami River is expected to crest, or hit its highest levels, this weekend. 

In Troy, the Great Miami River is expected to crest at 13.6 feet Sunday, and in Dayton, the river is expected to crest, also Sunday, at 32.3 feet. And in Middletown, the Great Miami River is expected to crest at 12.4 feet Sunday.

The Stillwater River in Englewood is expected to crest Monday at 33.6 feet.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

When the river does crest, here are the areas that will see flooding, according to the National Weather Service.

ENGLEWOOD (Stillwater River)

  • 23 feet: Martindale Road, Old Springfield Road and the road to the MetroPark are all closed
  • 25 feet: Martindale Road, old Springfield Road and the road to the MetroPark are covered by 2 to 3 feet of water

DAYTON (Great Miami River)

  • 27.5 feetBike trail will be flooded
  • 30 feet: Flooding occurs near Rip Rap Road between Bridgewater and Little York roads near Huber Heights

SIDNEY (Great Miami River)

  • 10 feet: The river approaches the bank on the west side of Custenborder Field. At stages above 10 feet, city officials begin flood operations.
  • 11 feet: Custenborder Field has some flooding of perimeter areas, along with flooding occurring in low spots on Miami River Road
  • 12 feet: The river reaches the bank on Riverside Drive, with flooding of Custenborder Field at the east river intake. Homes and properties will experience flooding along the river on Riverside Drive from the BK Root Beer stand to the city limits
MIDDLETOWN (Great Miami River)
  • 11 feetSome flooding occurs on private property areas along either side of Ohio 73 from the east side of the river approaching Excello. Middletown is protected by levees and floodgates to 24 feet.

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High water blocks some roads; troopers urge driver safety

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 1:54 AM

Flooding causes driving concern in Miami Valley

Heavy rains made for tough driving conditions Saturday, but high water remains a concern through the weekend.

Lower lying and more rural roads are at a greater risk of flooding, such as Ohio 68 in Beavercreek, and Ohio 725, which is closed until further notice between Peniwit and Lower Bellbrook roads.

>> Swollen waterways prompt flood watch, warnings along Great Miami R., other spots

“We just want motorists to take a little extra time in planning where they want to go,” Sgt. Rod Murphy of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.

Anyone planning to head out this morning should be aware of potential flooding that could block your way.

If you see standing water in the roadway, turn around, even if the water appears shallow.

“It’s not worth the risk. It’s better to just safely turn around and find another way,” Murphy said.

>> Kasich declares emergency over Ohio flooding

On wet roadways another concern is hydroplaning, when tires lose their grip on the pavement. Motorists in that situation are advised to “just let off the gas, slow down, and try to get to a safe area,” Murphy said.

Late Saturday and early Sunday there were reports of flooding throughout the Miami Valley.

11:30 p.m.: Hebble Creek was out of its banks in Fairborn in Greene County

11:17 p.m.: A flash flood in Lebanon in Warren County led to multiple road closures throughout the county due to high water, including Morrow-Milgrove Road, Lower Springboro and South Pioneer roads and Corwin Road.

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Over 2,500 power outages in Beavercreek

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 1:46 AM

DP&L crews are working on restoring power to over 2,500 customers Sunday. 

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A mainline feeder de-energized and locked out, forcing several in Beavercreek, Research Park area and customers off North Fairfield Road to lose power around 12:30 a.m., according to Director of Operations for DP&L Kelly Milhouse.

Crews are working to identify the cause. There is no estimated time for when customer’s power will be restored, Milhouse said.

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Heavy rain moves out but flood alerts continue

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 5:32 AM
Updated: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 11:55 PM

After a couple of very soggy days, we're looking forward to more dry time to start the new week in the Dayton area.

The heavy rain threat will come to an end overnight as the storm system moves to our east, but a few lingering showers will be possible through daybreak Sunday, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. Temperatures will be steady in the middle to upper 40s overnight.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Flash Flood Warning until 2:15 a.m. Sunday for part of Warren County
  • Flood Watch until 10 a.m. Sunday for entire region
  • Flood Warning for parts of Greene and Warren counties along the Little Miami River
  • Along Great Miami River, Flood Warning to 7:32 p.m. Monday in Sidney in Shelby County; from 4:36 a.m. Sunday to 8:30 p.m. Monday near Middletown in Butler County

>> Weekend brings more rain, threat for strong storms

5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist Brett Collar

>> Great Miami River expected to crest this weekend; where will flooding occur?

Sunday: A pre-dawn shower is possible early, but aside from that clouds will decrease to allow for some afternoon sunshine with highs in the lower 50s. It’s also going to be a windy day with winds gusting over 30 mph at times.

Severe Weather Threats(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar)

>> WHIO Live Doppler 7 HD Interactive Radar

Monday: Mostly sunny skies are expected with highs in the lower to middle 50s.

Tuesday: We get back into the upper 50s with mostly sunny skies.

A Flood Watch is in effect until 10 a.m. Sunday for the entire region(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar)

Wednesday: The chance for rain returns in the afternoon and evening. Highs will be in the upper 50s.

Thursday: Rain showers are expected with highs in the middle 50s.

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