Train strikes, kills pedestrian on tracks

Nov 15, 2013

A Mountlake Terrace man was struck and killed by a freight train early today as he walked on the tracks in Edmonds.

According to police, the 35-year-old man either didn't hear or ignored train whistle warnings from the northbound train before he was struck at about 7:25 a.m. near the intersection of Caspers Street and Sunset Avenue. He was walking toward the train, officials said.

Ferry and train services were halted for several hours as emergency officials conducted an investigation.

According to Edmonds Police spokesman Mark Marsh, the freight train's brake system also was damaged during the collision, contributing to the delay in clearing traffic.

The ferry from Kingston had just docked and was preparing to unload passengers and vehicles; access to and from the terminal ground to a halt.

The railroad crossings at Main and Dayton streets were closed until just before 11:30 a.m. Coincidentally, city officials have been discussing how to provide access between the east and west sides of the tracks in the event of an accident or other emergency.

Washington State Ferries announced that ferry service from Edmonds resumed at 12:05 p.m. after the accident was cleared and the train resumed, en route to Chicago.

The victim's name was being withheld pending notification of relatives.


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