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November 15, 2013 at 8:37 AM

Man struck, killed by train in Edmonds this morning

UPDATE 12:15 P.M.:

The Edmonds-Kingston ferry run is back in service after stopping while police investigated a man being struck by a train near the ferry terminal this morning. Police said that ferry service was halted because the train stopped in front of the terminal, blocking traffic in and out of the dock.

Edmonds police said the train tracks are also clear.

Police said the man killed was 35 and last known to be living in Mountlake Terrace. Police are investigating the case as a suicide.

ORIGINAL POST:

A man was struck and killed by a freight train in Edmonds this morning.

Just before 7:30 a.m. witnesses reported seeing a man standing on the train tracks just north of Main Street, near the Edmonds Ferry Terminal. The train operator sounded his horn but couldn’t stop, said Edmonds police Sgt. Mark Marsh.

Marsh said it appears to have been a suicide. He added that they investigate about seven fatalities each year involving people struck by trains. The majority, he said, are suicides.

Gus Melonas, spokesman for BNSF Railway, said the train crew applied their emergency brakes, but were unable to stop in time to avoid the collision. He said the train was hauling general merchandise in containers from Seattle to Chicago.

Melonas said this is the 17th person fatally struck on BNSF property this year. He said that, on average, that figure hovers between 18 and 20 fatalities each year.

All train and ferry traffic in the area are delayed while police investigated. Melonas said they hope to have the tracks clear for railway traffic by 10 a.m.

| More in The Blotter | Topics: BNSF Railway, Edmonds, Sound Transit

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