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UPDATE: Amtrak train hits two near Titlow Beach

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Aug. 8, 2010 at 8:23 pm |
August 8, 2010 10:26 pm

A southbound Amtrak train hit two people near Titlow Beach on Sunday evening.

The collision took place at 6:32 p.m. on the railroad tracks at the end of 6th Avenue, north of Steamer’s Seafood Café.

Two people were taken to a hospital, according to Tacoma Fire Deputy Chief Dan Crotty.

Their conditions are unknown.

Passengers aboard the Amtrak sat staring out their windows after the crash. Others stepped off the train for fresh air, anticipating a long wait.

Rob Zeller, a Portland man who was riding in the fifth car from the back, said he heard a thump and then the airbrakes screech on.

A call for all medical personnel went out on the train so Zeller, who has partially completed EMT classes, rushed outside.

He says a man was floating facedown in the water and a woman lay on the gravel path between the tracks and the water.

Zeller helped pull the male victim out of the water so a doctor could perform CPR.

Officials have not released the circumstances leading up to the couple being hit. Witnesses said the victims were standing on the southbound tracks watching a northbound freight train pass and did not hear the approaching Amtrak.

UPDATE: The 18-year-old woman who was hit by an Amtrak train earlier this evening died at Tacoma General Hospital.

Tacoma police say the man and woman were likely putting pennies down on the railroad tracks so the train could flatten them but were unable to get off the tracks in time to avoid being hit.

The man is expected to survive.

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