13-year-old victim identified in Coon Rapids train crash

Updated: December 15, 2019 10:45 PM

Family and friends are grieving the loss of a teenage boy identified as 13-year-old Chason J. Catchings Chivers Jr., who was killed by a train Friday night in Coon Rapids.

Chivers, an eighth grade student at Coon Rapids Middle School, was killed by a Northstar Line commuter train around 6:45 p.m. Friday at 119th Avenue Northeast and Northdale Boulevard Northwest.

Coon Rapids Middle School Principal Tom Shaw sent a statement to parents and guardians saying that students would be notified of Chivers's death on Monday. The school also said counselors will be available to meet with students if they need to express their feelings.

"Please keep the Chivers family in your thoughts as they work through this challenging time," Shaw said. "The well-being of our school is the first priority, as is keeping our parents/guardians informed as partners in this effort."

Teenager dead after being hit by train in Coon Rapids

A memorial had started to grow Saturday near the site of the crash.

Carly Taylor, who grew up in Coon Rapids, had heard about the crash and bought a poinsettia plant to add to the tribute to the teen.

"I was just driving by and I saw the flowers and I was going to Target and I thought, 'If it were my family member, I'd want to drive by and see the support,'" Taylor said. "So I think it's really important that they know their community cares about them."

Metro Transit said no one on the Northstar train was hurt. About 50 passengers were on the train at the time of the crash.

Officials say their initial investigation found the teen walked up to the tracks with another person, who did not try to cross. The teen crossed the tracks and was hit. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Crossing signals were activated at the time.

A GoFundMe page has been started to assist Chivers' family.

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