Firefighters and paramedics near the spot a 13-year-old boy was hit and killed by a train in Springwater, Twp, Ont. on Sun. Feb. 21, 2021 (Steve Mansbridge/CTV News)

A 13-year-old boy is dead after being hit by a freight train in Springwater Township.

Ontario Provincial Police say the boy had been out walking his dog on the Canadian Pacific railway track near Baldwick Lane, north of Highway 90.

Const. Liz Newton couldn't say exactly what happened in the moments before the boy was struck by the train shortly after 9 a.m., but police are treating the boy's death as an accident.

Investigators are looking to hear from any witnesses.

Huronia West OPP, the OPP Forensic Identification Service and CP Rail police are all investigating.

The boy's name has not been released.

The dog was not hurt.

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up for the family.

With files from The Canadian Press