Sumner police and investigators from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway are investigating the death of a woman whose body was spotted alongside the train tracks in the northern part of Sumner late Tuesday.
City spokeswoman Carmen Palmer said the woman’s body was discovered about 10 p.m. along tracks that pass near the 4000 block of East Valley Highway (View Map). There are no road crossings in that area, Palmer said.
Investigators don’t know at this point how and when the woman died, Palmer said. The woman had no identification with her, Palmer added.
The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office retrieved the body and is working to determine who the woman was.
TNT reporter Mike Archbold last fall did a package on train-pedestrian collisions. You can read it here.
UPDATE: Palmer said the woman’s body was spotted by crews on a southbound freight train, and investigators believe she may have been hit by a northbound Amtrak train.
“Right now, we’re thinking it was accidental,” Palmer said.
Investigators are in the area now seeking more clues.