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Kent man dies after being hit by commuter train

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Dec. 1, 2011 at 7:55 pm with 1 Comment »
December 1, 2011 7:55 pm

Kent police said a 46-year-old man was killed tonight after stepping in front of a Sounder commuter train.

The accident occurred about 5:30 p.m. at the intersection of W. Meeker Street and a railroad crossing. The man, who has not been identified, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Commander Pat Lowery said warning gates and audible warning signals were working properly.

The incident has caused a delay for several commuter trains in the area.

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  1. My thoughts are with the man’s family, as well as the Sounder crew. I was amazed by how fast our train was able to stop at the time of the last uncident on November 7th (it went from around 50 miles an hour to a full stop in about the length of the train, which is only a locomotive and seven coaches). But unlike a car, you can’t try to avoid it by swerving out of the way. It must be a helpless feeling for the engineer. People need to understand and respect that. Short of elevating all the tracks, which would be impractical for freight trains, which have the same number or likely more incidents like this, I’m not sure what can be done. Several thousand people depend on this
    service every day. The buses could hardly cope with the cancellation
    of just this one southbound train this evening.

    I ride the Sounder every weekday to and from work. It can’t travel at a crawl in order to be able to stop at short notice. This was “my” evening train in both incidents this month. I see the crew everyday, and enjoy talking with them. This sort of thing must bring nightmares…


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