October 13, 2013 at 6:10 PM
Three hit by Amtrak trains in separate incidents since Thursday
In separate incidents in the last three days, three men on or near BNSF Railway tracks in Seattle and Tacoma have been struck by Amtrak trains – two of them fatally.
The most recent incident occurred near South Lander Street in Seattle, shortly before midnight Sunday, when a 25-year-old Marysville man was hit by a train.
Seattle police said the man was lying with his head on the tracks when he was struck. The Seattle Fire Department pronounced him dead at the scene.
On Thursday evening, another man was hit and killed by a train not far from that same location on Lander Street. And earlier that same day, around 4 a.m., a third man near the tracks at Titlow Beach, near Tacoma, was also struck. His condition is unclear.
All three incidents involved the mainline train between Seattle and Portland, Gus Melonas, BNSF spokesman, said.
Despite the similarities, he said, the cases don’t appear to be related. “We want the public to be aware that trains can move on any track, at any time, in any direction,” he said.
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