Railroad memorial

A memorial on Railroad Avenue in Hanahan honors the life of Bethany Ridenour, a 17-year-old who was struck and killed by an Amtrak train on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. Cleve O'Quinn/Staff

Authorities have identified a 17-year-old girl who was fatally struck by a train near the North Charleston-Hanahan border last week. 

Bethany Ridenour was killed in the incident Thursday, according to Berkeley County Coroner George Oliver. 

Officers were called around 10:15 a.m. that day to Hanahan Road and Railroad Avenue after a train conductor reported a possible collision with a pedestrian, said Hanahan Police Department Chief Dennis Turner.

Authorities arrived at the scene and confirmed that a pedestrian was struck and killed, Turner said.

North Charleston-Hanahan train crash

Flowers are scattered on railroad tracks Saturday at the North Charleston-Hanahan border, where a 17-year-old girl was struck and killed by an Amtrak train. Cleve O'Quinn/Staff 

Following Ridenour's death, friends have posted condolence messages on social media. Others gathered at the train tracks to leave flowers and mourn, and set up a memorial on Railroad Avenue. 

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Gregory Yee covers breaking news and public safety. He's a native Angeleno and previously covered crime and courts for the Press-Telegram in Long Beach, CA. He studied journalism and Spanish literature at the University of California, Irvine.