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Soldier hit, killed by train is identified

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Oct. 17, 2012 at 1:55 pm with 1 Comment »
October 17, 2012 1:56 pm

A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier killed Monday night when an Amtrak Cascades train hit his pickup truck has been identified as Sgt. 1st Class Justin Strom.

Strom, 34, of Auburn, was assigned to the base’s I Corps and had been deployed three times. He went to Iraq in 2004-2005 and 2008-2009 and spent seven months in Pakistan last year, said Lt. Col. Gary Dangerfield, I Corps spokesman at the base.

Strom’s truck was hit by the train about 19 miles south of Tacoma on JBLM land. None of the 153 passengers on-board were injured.

Dangerfield said the investigation into the crash is ongoing and may not be complete for up to six months.

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  1. Susan Oppat says:

    What was the outcome of the investigation? Suicide, possibly related to three military deployments? Trying to beat the train? DUI?

    Thank you.

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