A Sounder commuter train has struck and killed a pedestrian near Auburn, prompting the transit agency to stop three trains and cancel three more trips on the south line.
The 4:12 p.m. train leaving Seattle was involved in the collision, which happened around 4:52 p.m., said Sound Transit spokesman Bruce Gray. The next two trains heading south have been halted, while the 5:12, 5:42 and 6:12 p.m. commuter trains were canceled. A northbound train from Tacoma to Seattle is stopped at Sumner Station, he said.
“Special buses will be provided from King Street Station to all southern stops up to Tacoma Dome,” a Sound Transit statement stated. “Buses are arriving at King Street Station at approx. 5:30 pm to service riders South. The buses will be at the Amtrak Station Loading Zone. Riders going to South Tacoma and Lakewood will need to transfer at Tacoma Dome to other special buses that will be waiting.”
Efforts are under way to send buses to Tukwila Station, Kent Station and Auburn to carry stranded Sounder customers, Gray said. It’s unclear yet whether enough buses will converge soon enough to accommodate all stranded passengers. People are also being encouraged to take Sound Transit, Pierce Transit or King County Metro Transit routes to the South End suburbs and beyond.
The incident follows a morning collision in which a freight train struck and killed a pedestrian in downtown Edmonds. That incident tied up the north commuter rail line and blocked access to the Washington State Ferries terminal.