Train strikes 25-year-old near Highway 6 in Waverly

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LANCASTER COUNTY, Neb. – Authorities responded to a call of a person being hit by a train in Waverly on Thursday afternoon.

The call came in at 1:38 p.m. to Highway 6 and Amberly Road. The intersection is just northwest of Waverly High School.

The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office and Waverly Fire & Rescue were detailed to a report of a person hit by a train, and upon arriving, discovered a deceased person between the railroad tracks and Highway 6. The deceased person has since been identified as 25-year-old Jeremy Sanchez of Lincoln.

The investigation so far has revealed that Sanchez was walking eastbound on or near the railroad tracks when he was struck by a BNSF Railway freight train. Witnesses report the BNSF crew sounded the horn and applied the emergency brakes for some time prior to the train hitting Sanchez.

The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office said the investigation is ongoing, an autopsy has been ordered, and next of kin have been contacted.

This is a developing situation, and more information will be provided when it becomes available.