A man was struck and killed by a train while he was walking on tracks north of the Titlow Beach area in Tacoma Sunday night.
BNSF Railway spokesman Gus Melonas said the 29-year-old trespasser was struck about 1/4-mile north of the Sixth Avenue rail crossing around 9:45 p.m. Melonas said the crew on the northbound train — an oil train originating in North Dakota — sounded the whistle and applied the emergency brake, but couldn't stop in time.
The man on the tracks did not initially respond to the horn, Tacoma spokeswoman Loretta Cool said, but he eventually looked back and realized the train was coming. It looked like he tried to get out of the way, but wasn’t quick enough, she said.
The line was closed until the scene was cleared around 1 a.m. Monday.
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The man was the eighth person hit and killed this year on BNSF tracks in Washington, Melonas said. Most of the deaths have happened on the main line between Olympia and Everett, he said.