A TEENAGE boy has been tragically hit and killed by a train after running in front of it to change platforms.
Friends watched in horror as the boy was struck on a track near Gisborne.
The 13-year-old boy, understood to be Jamie Golden, was hit at Riddells Creek railway station by a Bendigo-bound express train travelling in excess of 120km/h at about 2.30pm.
Inspector Neil Cheney said a group of about four teenage friends were on the Melbourne-bound side of the station when one of them made the fatal decision to run across the tracks.
"As the Bendigo-bound express train approached, one of them has jumped off the platform and ran across in front of it, in an obvious attempt to reach the other side," Insp Cheney said.
"He's been struck by the train right at the other platform edge."
He said the boy's friends were "very shaken up" and were giving formal statements to police.
The boy made the decision to run across the tracks after a conversation with one of his friends, Insp Cheney said, although it was not clear if it was some kind of dare or prank.
"Young people are filled with that bravado and sense of invincibility, and sometimes these things happen," Insp Cheney said.
"I just urge people to think about what they're going to do and the consequences of that. These have certainly been very tragic consequences."
Golden lived just outside Kyneton and has family in Riddells Creek.
The train stopped about 500m past the station but none of the 110 passengers were injured.
"I suspect no one on the train even knew what had happened," Insp Cheney said.
But he said the driver was "obviously very shocked" and was receiving counselling after the horrific incident.
Passengers were helped from the train and services were suspended for several hours as police investigated.
Buses replaced trains on the Bendigo line while police were investigating.
They will prepare a report for the Coroner.
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