MELBOURNE, Fla., Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Three girls believed to have been in their teens were struck and killed by a train as they walked along a bridge in Melbourne, Fla., authorities said Sunday.
The girls were among a group of four crossing the trestle bridge on foot around 6:30 p.m. Saturday, WESH-TV, Orlando, and Florida Today reported.
A boy, who was walking ahead of the girls, tried to warn them as he made it to safety on other side of Crane Creek, Florida Today said.
"They were unable to get out of the way in time and they were struck by the train," Melbourne Police Lt. Marc Claycomb said.
There was no immediate information about the train, which stopped for several hours after the accident.
"It's tragic," Claycomb said. "There's no other way to put it."
Although walking on the tracks is illegal and several "No Trespassing" signs are posted, neighbors told Florida Today it was not unusual to see pedestrians using the Florida East Coast bridge to cross the creek.