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Category: Train crash


Man, 42, hit and killed by train in Steilacoom

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,

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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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UPDATED: Man dies after being struck by Amtrak train in Auburn

UPDATE: The man was identified as 25-year-old Oleg Agapov by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office, which ruled his death an accident.

INITIAL POST: A man died in Auburn Monday night after being struck by an Amtrak passenger train, police said.

The accident occurred about 9 p.m. in the 200 block of West Main Street as the man tried to cross the tracks.

Witnesses told police the man appeared to be drunk. The crossing arms were down at the time of the collision, Commander Mike Hirman said.

It’s unknown how many people were aboard the northbound train.

The man has not yet

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Soldier hit, killed by train is identified

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

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Police: man struck by train in Puyallup committed suicide

A man who was killed Monday night after being struck by an Amtrak train is believed to have committed suicide, according to Puyallup police.

The train, which was carrying 253 passengers from Portland to Bellingham, hit the man about 5:55 p.m on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks near the Shaw Road overpass.

The News Tribune is not naming the man.


Amtrak passenger train hits, kills man on tracks in Puyallup

A man was killed tonight in Puyallup after an Amtrak passenger train struck him.

The incident occurred just before 6 p.m. at Inter and East Main avenues.

Amtrak Cascades train #516 was traveling from Portland to Bellingham when it hit somebody on the tracks, spokesman Steve Kulm said.

None of the 253 passengers or crew members aboard were injured. The train was delayed 80 minutes.

No information was immediately available on the pedestrian who died.


Kent man dies after being hit by commuter train

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.


All but Bridge to the Beach now open at Chambers Creek properties

Everything at Pierce County’s Chambers Creek properties and recreation area is now open except the Bridge to the Beach, the county said today.

Operations at the golf course and popular walking, jogging and biking trails in University Place were disrupted following a train derailment along the waterfront on Saturday.

Here’s the press release from Pierce County:

Feb. 28, 2011

Most of Chambers Creek Properties reopens to the public
With one exception, Pierce County’s popular Chambers Creek Properties returned to normal operations Monday, Feb. 28, following disruptions caused by

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