Lights & Sirens

Go behind the yellow tape with The News Tribune

NOTICE: Lights & Sirens has moved.

With the launch of our new website, we've moved Lights & Sirens.
Visit the new section.

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.

The News Tribune now uses Facebook commenting on selected blogs. See editor's column for more details. Commenters are expected to abide by terms of service for Facebook as well as commenting rules for Report violators to