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UPDATE: Pedestrian injured crossing train tracks in Steilacoom

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on April 24, 2013 at 7:24 pm |
April 24, 2013 9:08 pm

UPDATE AS OF 8:45 p.m. A woman suffered minor injuries at the Sunnyside Beach pedestrian crossing about 4:45 p.m. in Steilacoom, and was treated and released at the scene, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Spokesman Gus  Melonas said. He said the train was reported to be traveling about 6 miles per hour.

It’s still being investigated whether the woman was actually hit by the train, as witnesses reported that she dove away from it, Melonas said.

The crossing has protective gates, flashers and bells, he said.

The BNSF freight train was headed from Seattle to Vancouver, Wash.

The railroad was opened again at 6 p.m.

At 6:20 p.m. an empty coal train headed from Canada to Wyoming hit a person in Mount Vernon, Melonas said. That crash was also reported to be non fatal, he said.

“Please be aware that trains can move at any track, at any time, in any direction,” he said.

INITIAL POST: A pedestrian was hit by a Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train about 5:50 p.m. 14 miles south of Tacoma, according to Amtrak spokeswoman Kimberly Woods.

It appears to be a non fatal crash, Woods said.

She did not have the exact location of the crash – which didn’t involve the rail line she represents – she said.

Woods said several Amtrak trains may be delayed as the BNSF crash is investigated, including the 509 heading south to Eugene and the 516 and Coast Starlight 14 heading north to Vancouver, B.C.

Further details are not immediately available. Check back for updates.


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