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CU-Boulder student attending Coachella killed by train near music fest

The festival grounds at Coachella 2015. Photo by Getty Images.
The festival grounds at Coachella 2015. Photo by Getty Images.

By Jordan Aleck, Boulder Daily Camera

A University of Colorado student who was attending the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival over the weekend was struck and killed by a train near the site of the mammoth music festival in Indio, Calif., officials said Monday.

Jannik Andersen, 23, was hit by a train in the 45000 block of Pacific St. in Indio at 3:05 a.m. Saturday, according to the Riverside County Coroner’s Office. He was declared dead at 3:42 a.m.

That location is about 4 miles northeast of the site of the music festival, which ran from Friday to Sunday and will be repeated this weekend.

Several of Andersen’s friends confirmed Monday that he had traveled to California to attend the Coachella festival.

Zac Hoffman, a friend in Boulder, described Andersen as the “happiest dude in the world.”

Cody Cooper, another Boulder friend, called Andersen “the most genuine and energetic dude, no matter the situation.”

“If he was there, it was a good time,” Cooper said. “The second you meet the kid, he’s going to be one of the best kids you meet and he’ll always be there for you and make you feel welcome.”

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