A BNSF freight train struck a pedestrian on the tracks Saturday afternoon in Mount Vernon.
Gus Melonas, BNSF spokesman, said the man was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center. No further information on his condition was available.
The man was struck, Melonas said, about 12:25 p.m. at the crossing at Riverside Drive, as witnesses say he was trying to cross from one side to the other and “beat the train.”
As the train approached, the crew tried to warn the man by sounding the horn, Melonas said. They also applied the emergency brake, he said.
The train, with three locomotives and 96 cars, was traveling from Vancouver, B.C., to Everett.