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September 10, 2014 at 6:13 PM

45-year-old man hit by Sounder train in Seattle’s SoDo district

UPDATE, 6:43 p.m. | A 45-year-old man was fighting for his life Wednesday evening after he was struck by a Sounder commuter train in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood about 6 p.m.

The man, who was not identified by the Seattle Fire Department, sustained heavy trauma to his body and was taken by medics to Harborview Medical Center, Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore said.

The collision occurred at Occidental Avenue South and South Horton Street.

Sounder trains carry passengers between Seattle, Tacoma and Everett.

The train was traveling north from Tacoma to Seattle’s King Street Station and it initially stopped at the scene after hitting the man, SoundTransit spokesman Geoff Patrick said.

The Seattle Police Department is investigating the incident, Patrick said.

There were 50 passengers aboard the train, which turned back toward Tacoma, he said.

The train had been scheduled to take additional passengers from Seattle to Tacoma at 6:12 p.m. on the last Sounder trip of the day, said Patrick.

Sound Transit was advising Tacoma-bound riders Wednesday evening to take its commuter bus service instead.

Patrick said Sounder normal service will resume Thursday morning.

EARLIER POST: A 45-year-old male pedestrian is being taken to Harborview Medical Center following an incident involving a Sound Transit train, according to the Seattle Fire Department’s Twitter page. The man suffered “heavy trauma,” the Fire Department says.

The incident occurred at Occidental Avenue South and South Horton Street, the Fire Department says.

We will add to this post as information becomes available.

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