UPDATE 9 a.m.: | Gus Melonas, spokesman for Burlington Northern Santa Fe, which owns the tracks, said the crew of the southbound train saw the man lying alongside the tracks at the train approached about 3:30 a.m.
He said the crew went into an “emergency brake application” but could not stop before hitting the man.
Melonas said the man was not in a crossing and was trespassing on railroad property in the Richmond Beach area. About 40 trains a day use the tracks in that area, including freight trains, Amtrak and Sounder trains.
The train that hit the man originated in Vancouver, B.C.
Melonas said 20 people were fatally injured while trespassing on BNSF tracks in Washington State last year.
Previous post: | A young man was airlifted to a hospital after being hit by a freight train along the waterfront in Shoreline about 3:30 a.m. today.
Kimberly Reason, Sound Transit spokeswoman, said the incident delayed the day’s first Southbound Sounder train, which leaves Everett at 5:45 a.m., by about 13 minutes.
There was no immediate word on the severity of the man’s injuries.