Elderly man hit, killed by Amtrak train in Kent

Staff writerMay 11, 2014 

UPDATE: The man was identified as 81-year-old Charles Curran by the King County Medical Examiner's Office, which reported that he died from blunt force injuries, and that his death was an accident.

INITIAL POST: An elderly mas was hit and killed by an Amtrak passenger train Sunday in Kent, police said.

The pedestrian was hit just before 2:30 p.m. at the East Titus Street railroad crossing in downtown Kent, Commander Jarod Kasner said in a release.

Witnesses reported that the man bypassed the lowering traffic gates as he was walking east on East Titus Street, before he was hit, Kasner said. The tracks run between 1st Avenue South and Railroad Avenue South.

The man was not identified Sunday.

Police said they were still investigating the circumstances of the fatal crash.

The train was heading south from Seattle to Eugene, Oregon, with 220 people on board, according to Amtrak. It was delayed about two hours and 30 minutes.

The crossing at East Titus Street has gates, flashing signals and audible bells, police said.

alexis.krell@thenewstribune.com

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