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Man, 42, hit and killed by train in Steilacoom

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on May 6, 2013 at 10:06 pm |
May 6, 2013 10:19 pm

A Burlington Northern Santa Fe train hit and killed a 42-year-old man just before 8 p.m. tonight in Steilacoom, according to West Pierce Fire and Rescue.

The train was going about 40-50 miles per hour, when the engineer saw a man lying on the tracks near the ferry dock by Union Avenue and Commercial Street and was not able to stop before hitting him, West Pierce assistant fire marshal Hallie McCurdy said.

West Pierce crews responded and found the man deceased.

The train tracks are closed as the Pierce County Medical Examiner investigates, McCurdy said.

According to Amtrak, train 508, headed from Portland to Seattle with 137 passengers on board, is waiting at the Olympia station until the railroad reopens.

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