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The Today File

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December 4, 2014 at 9:22 AM

Man killed crossing railroad tracks in Mount Vernon

Skagit Valley Herald (TNS)

MOUNT VERNON — A 28-year-old man died Tuesday night after being struck by a train while he was trying to run across railroad tracks on Riverside Drive, police said.

Witnesses said the man was with another man and two women, and the group was “playing around” near a set of rail crossing gate arms just before an Amtrak passenger train heading northbound approached, according to the police.

As the train neared the intersection in the 1000 block of Riverside Drive, the four tried to run across the tracks and the 28-year-old man was struck, witnesses told police. The incident was reported to the Skagit 911 dispatch center about 9 p.m. Tuesday.

The man was transported to Skagit Valley Hospital, but police said he died from his injuries.

Police said the group all appeared to be transients. One was a 22-year-old woman, but the ages and identities of the other two are not known, police said.

The man’s name and further details of his death were not immediately available.

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