Memorial growing for woman who threw herself onto tracks

By Brian Soergel | Jun 20, 2018
Photo by: Brian Soergel A sign has been placed by the Main Street crossing with a suicide-prevention phone number. Felt pens are provided for those who wish to leave condolences.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled that the death of a 33-year-old woman who jumped in front of a BNSF train in Edmonds was a suicide.

A memorial for the woman is growing on a fence inside the Brackett's Landing North parking lot. In addition to flower, a large poster includes a number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255) and felt pens for writing messages.

The incident occurred at about 9:15 p.m. Saturday, June 16, said Edmonds Police Sgt. Shane Hawley, citing witnesses at the scene.

The Edmonds/Kingston route was out of service for hours near the Edmonds ferry terminal. Ferry travelers were given refunds, according to a Washington State Ferries spokesman, and advised to travel to Colman Dock in Seattle.

Main Street was closed at Railroad Avenue for several hours as police conducted an investigation.

Access to the waterfront at the Dayton Street West railroad crossing remained open.

There have been other deadly and near-deadly incidents at the tracks in Edmonds over the years.

In April, a train struck a car driven by a 76-year-old woman whose car got stuck on the tracks on Dayton Street West while the crossing arms were down. The woman suffered minor injuries.

In March 2017, a woman was hit and killed by a train near Haines Wharf Park. Her death was ruled an accident. The woman and her husband were walking along the tracks when she was hit by a northbound Amtrak train. The husband was not injured.

In April 2016, a 43-year-old man from Kansas was killed by a train near the Edmonds Amtrak station. His death was ruled a suicide. Both the Dayton and Main street crossings where closed for more than two hours.

In November 2013, a northbound freight train killed a 35-year-old man from Mountlake Terrace on tracks below Sunset Avenue and just north of Brackett’s Landing North.

In December 2012, a car driven by a woman who had left a wedding reception got stuck on the tracks on Dayton Street. A BNSF train struck the car, but the woman was uninjured.

In May 2010, a woman was struck and killed by a train in an accident, also just north of Brackett’s Landing. She was 37.

The City of Edmonds plans to build a connection to the waterfront from Sunset Avenue and Edmonds Street down to Brackett’s Landing North. The project is designed as a solution to at-grade railroad crossing closings on the Edmonds waterfront.

 

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