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UPDATED: Man found dead on railroad tracks near Sumner identified

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Dec. 7, 2009 at 9:00 am |
December 7, 2009 10:35 am

The man found dead near where a train hit a vehicle in the Sumner area over the weekend has been identified.

The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office identified him as Gary Stark, 55, of Pacific. An autopsy was planned today to determine how and why he died.

A grain truck struck a vehicle left on the tracks near Sumner late Saturday or early Sunday. Stark’s body was found about one-tenth of a mile away from the vehicle.

The track reopened just before 3 a.m. Sunday.

UPDATE: According to Sumner police, the vehicle was driving south on the railroad tracks when it was struck by a northbound train just after 1:15 a.m. Sunday. The incident occurred around the Thompson Street bridge.

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