Update: Still no ID on child possibly hit by train in Worth County

Authorities say it was reported in Kensett early Thursday evening.

Posted: Apr 5, 2018 8:30 PM
Updated: Apr 6, 2018 7:17 PM

KENSETT, Iowa – Authorities are looking for a child who may have gotten too close to a moving train.

The Worth County Sheriff’s Office says it got a call around 6:24 p.m. from Union Pacific Railroad about a train possibly hitting a pedestrian near the intersection of 8th St. and Walnut St. in Kensett. The train crew reported they may have hit a young child, possibly four to six years old, wearing a blue shirt, red shorts, and Crocs.

A search was conducted from Kensett to Northwood and a young child’s shoe prints were found close to the tracks, but nothing else.

Ray Braun lives near the tracks and said he doesn't see many people walking out there, but he said there are a lot of kids in his neighborhood.

"I don't want to see anyone get run over," he said. These trains coming through Kensett I clocked going aroud 70 MPH, so that's moving."

The Worth County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone who knows the child involved in this situation to contact authorities. The Sheriff’s Office says the train crew is very concerned and would like to confirm the child is okay.

As of 7:30 a.m. Friday, Worth County Sheriff Dan Fank said the child still had not been identified and he added “the only indication that the child was not hurt was that there were tracks going from one side of the (train) tracks to the other.”

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