Johnson was a student at Rome Middle School. His parents came to the scene shortly after the accident, Walters said.
“These two parents were both at work. They had no clue their child was out,” he said.
The area where the accident occurred is flanked by commercial buildings but near residential areas on either side. The tracks run through the city and are largely unfenced.
Walters said there are plenty of videos on the Internet showing teens playing chicken with trains, but he said he is not sure why these teens took part in the dangerous stunt. He said the behavior has not been trending among youth in Rome.