Update: Coroner says Newberry teen killed by train was listening to music on smartphone

jmonk@thestate.comSeptember 8, 2013 

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— A 16-year-old Newberry high school junior didn’t hear the CSX train than ran him down and killed him because he had ear buds in his ears and was listening to music on his smartphone.

“We suspect that listening to the music off his cell phone and that made him inattentive to the train,” said Newberry County coroner Craig Newton.

The teen, Chamone A. McGraw, was walking south on the railroad tracks, and the train that struck him was going north, Newberry police said.

The train that struck McGraw had only two cars and wasn’t traveling that fast, Newton said.

McGraw was killed instantly and died of blunt force trauma, he said. The incident happened within Newberry city limits near Cline Street. city police said.

McGraw was a junior at Newberry High School. Last year, he played junior varsity football but had taken a year off from football to concentrate on his studies, the coroner said.

Newton said that people aren’t supposed to walk on railroad tracks because they are private property belonging to the railroads.

“But if someone should find themselves on the railroad tracks, they should be attentive to what is in front of them and what is behind them,” he said.

Reach Monk at (*03) 771-8344.

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