The boy struck and killed by a train Wednesday morning has been identified as 17-year-old Dylan Johnson of Elkhorn, a student at Mount Michael High School.
A conductor called Douglas County dispatchers about 2:15 a.m. to report someone had been standing on the tracks at Ohio and North Main streets. A witness said Johnson walked in front of the westbound Union Pacific train.
WOWT 6 News observed the railroad crossing arm down with the lights flashing. The crossing reopened after being closed for several hours.
Dylan's mother, Gazelle Johnson, told us, "Dylan was a wonderful son, brother, friend, and we were blessed to have him in our lives and to have been a part of his life, and remember him with much love. We are are grateful for the outpouring of support of our community, friends, family, and his school community."
Mount Michael released the following statement:
"Mount Michael Benedictine Abbey & School suffered a profound loss today. Junior student Dylan Johnson passed away early this morning. Head of School Dr. David Peters gathered Mount Michael students, faculty and staff within the chapel to notify them of the tragic loss. It was there that the entire community was led in prayer by Abbot Michael Liebl, OSB. Fellow Catholic High School as well as Catholic Charities counselors will be available for students today and within the coming weeks."