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Category: Burlington Northern Santa Fe


UPDATE: Pedestrian injured crossing train tracks in Steilacoom

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

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Tukwila man hit, killed by train in Steilacoom area

A 32-year-old Tukwila man was hit and killed by a train early Thursday in the Steilacoom area.

The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled Ryan E. Stieer’s death as an accident.

He was killed early Thursday on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks in the Steilacoom area, the office reported.

No other information about what happened was immediately available.


UPDATED: BNSF tracks closed to Amtrak for 48 hours due to slide near Vancouver, Wash.

UPDATED: Amtrak trains are under a 48-hour moratorium  to insure the slope than slide onto  the main line is stable, BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas said.

The slide this morning covered about 25 feet of the tracks closest to the hillside to a depth of about two feet, he said. That material will be cleared and freight trains will be allowed to run on it by 3:30 p.m.

The other set of tracks was not hit   by the slide as much and is now open to freight trains only.

He said the slide was caused by super saturation of the 65-foot

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