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Workmen check the railroad tracks in Beverly near the site where a boy was killed by a train this morning.
Workmen check the railroad tracks in Beverly near the site where a boy was killed by a train this morning. (Globe Staff Photo / Jonathan Wiggs)

Teen killed in train accident in Beverly

A 14-year-old boy from Manchester-by-the-Sea was struck and killed by a Boston-bound MBTA commuter train in Beverly Farms this morning.

David Siljeholm was riding his bicycle to attend eighth-grade classes at the Cape Ann Waldorf School when the accident took place.

Officials fear the boy rode his bicycle around the crossing gates that were reported down for the approaching Rockport to Boston train.

Among the first on the accident scene were the boy's mother, Anita Siljeholm, and his sister. They also were riding their bicycles from Manchester west along Route 127 into the Beverly Farms, which is a oceanside neighborhood of Beverly.

Media reports from the scene indicated the boy was killed instantly and that his scattered school papers and twisted bike were left along the railroad tracks.

The Waldorf School at Hale and Hart streets is located about a half-mile from the accident scene.

Officials said that the boy's father, Jorn Siljeholm, served as a Norway United Nations weapons inspector in Iraq in 2002 and 2003. He arrived at the accident a short time after the mishap took place.

Construction workers on a nearby project were among the first on the scene and they helped in comforting the mother and sister. 

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