Commuter train hits, kills pedestrian in Seattle

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SEATTLE (AP) — A BNSF Railway spokesman says a northbound commuter train has struck and killed a female pedestrian in the north Seattle area.

Spokesman Gus Melonas said the BNSF crew operating the Sound Transit train saw the pedestrian on the edge of the railroad ties shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Crew members sounded the horn and applied the emergency brake but were unable to stop in time.

The train was headed from Seattle to Everett, Washington, on a rail line that runs along the shore of Puget Sound. It was traveling about 45 mph.

Train traffic in the area has been temporarily halted while the crash is investigated.

Melonas says this is the 13th fatality this year on BNSF rail tracks in Washington state.

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    • Just Sayin'

      Where the train came to stop doesnt necessarily mean she jumped a fence and that’s where the impact occurred, a train doesnt stop as quickly as a car does. I live about a 100 yards from a train track, i can hear the sounder coming from about a half mile away when it’s sounding it horn. I dont know how people don’t hear it. it’s LOUD! I’ve been walking on the street that runs along the tracks when it’s gone by and the horn is so loud that it pierces thru you!

  • Tootietuttle

    Yes there is a fence and signs and many flower and candle tributes to previous deaths. A lot of people especially young girls seem oblivious to the world around them they walk down the sidewalk bashing into people they cross the double yellow line while texting and driving and they walk on railroad tracks with headphones on? Go Figure!?!?!!!

      • Running Cloud

        Wrong that train is almost silent the horn is not nearly as loud as a freight train! I was almost hit there while pushing my bike next to the tracks. I first heard the tracks whistle I turned around a the train was right there had I been on the tracks I’d be in the Spirit World!

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