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January 18, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Man fatally struck by Amtrak train in Auburn

A man was struck by an Amtrak train in Auburn this afternoon.

The 42-year-old from Las Vegas was posing for a photo on the tracks when the train approached. He was unable to get out of the way of the southbound train that was traveling 79 miles per hour, said Auburn police spokesman Cmdr. Mike Hirman.

The man’s girlfriend was taking the photos. The man was apparently posing with Mount Rainier in the background, said BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas.

The two had gotten onto the tracks through an open crossing on C Street Southwest,  Hirman said.

The Amtrak Cascades train, heading north from Portland to Seattle, stopped in Auburn after the incident. The nearly 130 passengers were taken by bus to Seattle, an Amtrak spokeswoman said.

No passengers or crew were injured.

This is the second train fatality on BNSF property in King County this year.

“We cannot emphasize enough how important that the public realize that the trains move on any track, at any time, at any direction. Please be aware of our no trespassing policy,” Melonas said.

| More in The Blotter, Traffic & Transit | Topics: Amtrak, Amtrak Cascades, Auburn

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