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BNSF: Man on track dies after being struck by train near Kalama

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KALAMA, Wash. (AP) — A man was fatally struck by an Amtrak passenger train between Seattle and Portland on Saturday morning.

BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas says the man was trespassing on the tracks.

The man was struck about 10:30 a.m. Saturday by a southbound Amtrak passenger train about 3 miles south of Kalama, a remote area along the Columbia River.

Melonas says dispatchers held seven trains until about 1 p.m. Saturday, when they resumed operations.

BNSF police are investigating with local officials.

The railroad says more than 30 trespassers were fatally injured after being struck by trains in 2013 and 2014 on its tracks in Washington state.

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3 comments

  • CBP

    Hope BNSF doesn’t have to put up warning signs every fifty feet now. 30 people dead in two years….. must be a lot of dumb folks out there on the tracks.

  • DMT

    You all know I am going to keep drilling this message forever and ever…hurts so much to see this happen yet AGAIN.

    The article says 30 people were struck AND killed by trains in Washington state in 2013 and 2014.

    In 2010, alone, 19 were killed.

    One of them was my baby brother. He had turned 35 two weeks before his death.

    Whatever the circumstances for any of these deaths, ALL of them can be avoided BY STAYING AWAY FROM TRAIN TRACKS.

    Some people get stupid and think it won’t happen to them. The two people in this story were trespassing and posing for pictures on the tracks. The man happened to be standing on the southbound tracks after a northbounder had gone by…but didn’t happen to realize that a southbounder was coming.

    The woman taking his picture watched him die.

    I remember going to the Sumner train station near the 3rd anniversary of my brother’s death. I was finally ready to visit where he was killed. I remember walking (safely!) around on the bus station platform’s far end, which is less than a block away from the crossing point. Two things happened that amazed and surprised me:

    1.) When the gates came down and the lights flashed, I found it very difficult to hear the warning bells – from only a little distance away!

    2.) It was an Amtrak passenger train that was coming up (just like the one in the story below) – and the speed was incredible! One moment you see a teeny dot with a light on the horizon; almost immediately the train is already going by! It truly is that fast and deceiving!

    As winter turns into spring and summer, more people are going to be walking and hiking about. Some of these people may even feel invincible. Every time I see people blatantly ignore the signage, I want to scream at how stupid they are being. If you are on a train track, believe me when I say YOU WILL NEVER EVER BEAT IT OUT. This is NOT the movies like “The Lost Boys” or “Stand By Me!”

    PLEASE do not get stupid. If any, PLEASE read the signage. If you see tracks, get away from them, no matter how they look. Better to be safe than sorry.

    Still missing my brother…
    ROY JAMES PATRICK II
    6/8/1975 – 6/21/2010