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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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1 YEAR LATER: Rebuilding continues after 5 tornadoes hit Miami Valley

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 9:14 AM
Updated: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 11:22 AM

Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell warns of the dangerous tornado over the Park Layne community, May 24, 2017
Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell warns of the dangerous tornado over the Park Layne community, May 24, 2017

One year after five tornadoes hit in three counties across the Miami Valley, businesses are recovering and the Sunoco station in Park Layne is remembering the tornado outbreak by selling gas at the same price it was being sold for when a tornado hit the gas station.

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The Sunoco is selling gas for $2.39 a gallon Thursday.

Five tornadoes hit the Miami Valley one year ago, including two in Clark County, one in Greene County, one in Miami County and one in Warren County.  A sixth tornado hit just outside the Miami Valley in Fayette County.

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Temperatures soar, high UV index through Memorial Day weekend

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 3:58 AM
Updated: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 12:36 PM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks at how warm we get today and how muggy it gets this weekend.

>> Air Pollution Advisory today for Butler, Warren counties

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • UV index very high today
  • Dry rest of work week
  • Hot, humid with storms this weekend 

>> 5-Day Forecast

DETAILED FORECAST

TODAY: Mostly sunny and comfortably warm today with highs expected to reach the middle 80s, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs. 

“The UV index is very high again today. Wearing protective clothing and sunblock is advised,” Vrydaghs said. 

We’ll stay clear and quiet tonight with lows falling into the lower 60s. 

FRIDAY: Another dry day with highs in the middle 80s, so it’ll start to feel a little muggy. UV Index will be very high again. Sunny skies for the afternoon with a a few clouds at night. 

>> WHIO Live Doppler 7 HD Interactive Radar 

SATURDAY: Sunshine and scattered clouds with lots of dry time during the day, but winds out of the south will help to increase moisture. Dew points climb and it will feel hot and humid as highs reach in the upper 80s. High humidity will make it feel like 90 (heat index). A few afternoon/early evening storms may develop.

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SUNDAY: Sun and clouds again with highs in the upper 80s, but even muggier for the day. The heat index values rise to the low 90s, but the UV Index will likely still be high. An afternoon pop up storm is possible again. 

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MONDAY: Dry time expected, especially early in the day. Another hot and humid day with highs in the upper 80s. Heat index values will be in the low 90s. A pop up storm is possible during the day with most spots looking to stay dry. 

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Salem Avenue shut down after reported pedestrian crash

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 11:56 AM
Updated: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 1:23 PM

Montgomery County Sheriff office is investigating a pedestrian strike

UPDATE @ 1:20 p.m.:

Deputies have now shut down both directions of Salem Avenue just south of Free Pike in Harrison Twp. after a reported pedestrian strike around 11:20 a.m. 

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Investigators were only blocking one lane of Salem Avenue until around 1:15 p.m. when the entire roadway was shut down. 

Reports indicate one person was transported to a hospital following the crash, but their condition wasn’t available. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more.

FIRST REPORT

A lane of Salem Avenue is blocked and a business parking lot surrounded by police tape after a reported crash involving a pedestrian Thursday morning, according to initial reports.

The incident was reported around 11:20 a.m. in the 3800 block of Salem Avenue.

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It’s unclear if anyone was transported to the hospital or what the circumstances surrounding the reported crash were, however we’re working to gather those details.

The parking lot of Dayton Auto Repair was blocked while sheriff’s deputies investigated.

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Miamisburg police conducting investigation at Moraine waste treatment facility

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 8:05 AM
Updated: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 11:39 AM

Police are at the Solid Waste District in Moraine

We're working to learn more about a police investigation at the Montgomery County Solid Waste District in Moraine involving Miamisburg police.

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Officials said the FBI was requested for the investigation, but has since been told to not respond. Miamisburg police cruisers remain on the scene. 

The investigation involves evidence recovered from a Rumpke trash truck, according to a spokeswoman for the Montgomery County Environmental Services. 

Additional details were not available from law enforcement officials.

We have a crew on the scene and we'll update this page as we learn more.

Miamisburg police at the Montgomery county solid waste district building

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