April 8, 2013 at 5:45 PM
Man hit by light-rail train near Rainier Beach Station
A man was taken to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries after being struck by a light-rail train near Seattle’s Rainier Beach Station about 5:10 p.m. today
The man, in his 40s or 50s, had a pulse but was not conscious, according to the Seattle Fire Department. He is in critical condition, according to Seattle Fire spokesman Kyle Moore.
The man was “running across the cross walk, against the traffic signal,” when he was hit, said Bruce Gray, spokesman for Sound Transit.
Besides a “Don’t Walk” signal, he said, there also was a blinking sign showing the outline of a train to show one was coming.
Gray said the train had been slowing down as it was pulling into the station, and he did not know how fast it was going.
He said the conductor “hit the emergency brakes and stopped as quick as he could,” but the man still was hit and thrown some distance away. No passengers inside the train were injured, said Gray.
Initially, train service was stopped in both directions, and then service was restored for one track around 8 p.m. Detectives are still investigating exactly what happened.
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