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UPDATE: Woman struck, killed by train identified

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Aug. 9, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
August 10, 2010 9:22 am

UPDATE: The Pierce County Medical Examiner today identified the woman hit and killed by the train as Amanda Dauron, 17. She is from Gig Harbor.

Earlier post: An 18-year-old man struck Sunday night by an Amtrak train near Titlow Beach is in stable condition with serious injuries, according to Tacoma police.

The Medical Examiner’s Office has not identified the 17-year-old girl who was hit and killed by the train.

Both victims are from Gig Harbor.

At 6:32 p.m., the southbound train – heading from Seattle to Eugene, Ore. – struck the pair 11 miles south of the Tacoma station.

None of the crew members of 271 passengers aboard the train were injured. The train was traveling 35 mph when it collided with the victims, according to Amtrak officials.

An investigation is ongoing but Tacoma police say the victims were laying pennies down on the railroad tracks to watch them be flattened by the train and could not move off the tracks in time to avoid being struck.

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