High School Football Player Killed Trying to Outrun Freight Train in Florida

A high school football player from Jacksonville, Fla., was killed Wednesday night as he tried to outrun a freight train.

Authorities say 17-year-old Wesley Whiddon had been fishing with two teammates on a bridge Wednesday and was crossing to an embankment when the train approached. The two other boys made it safely to the other side, but Whiddon did not.

"They were boys being boys. Huck Finn," said detective Heather Pierce, who has a son on the football team, according to the Florida Times-Union.

Foul play is not suspected and drugs and alcohol were not a factor, according to police.

The other two boys were treated for minor injuries at a hospital and released.

Whiddon's teammates say they will play their final spring game in his honor.

"His mother insisted that we get back out there," said Whiddon's head coach, Neal Chipoletti, according to the Times-Union. "I think it will help our kids to be around each other. We'll take a couple days off and then return to the field."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.