Students at Ironton Junior High are in mourning today after learning two of their classmates were killed after being hit by a train.
It happened around 4:00 pm Wednesday afternoon near the McPherson street crossing. This is a section of railroad tracks that run along U.S. 52 about a half mile east of Hanging Rock.
Police say three girls were walking along the tracks as the Norfolk & Southern coal train approached. One of the girls was able to jump out of the way. The two students killed are identified as 13-year old Lacy Parnell, and 14-year old Jamie Barker.