Hope College freshman killed by train in Holland

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Authorities say an 18-year-old Hope College freshman has died after being struck by a freight train near the edge of the school's campus in southwestern Michigan.

The school said that Joshua P. Boerigter of Portage was struck about 8:45 p.m. Monday by the CSX train at a crossing near the school's DePree Art Center. The 2011 graduate of Portage Northern High School was known by friends and professors as "JP."

The school said Boerigter was a third generation Hope College student.

Members of the Hope College community planned to gather Tuesday at Dimnent Memorial Chapel for prayer and reflection.

Police say the train was going about 20 mph. The engineer tried to stop using emergency brakes after spotting a man on the tracks.


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