Authorities respond to report of train striking pedestrian in Tacoma

An Amtrak train stopped on the tracks Friday afternoon in Tacoma and the rail line was closed after a witness thought the train struck a pedestrian, said Tacoma Police spokeswoman Loretta Cool.

A BNSF Railway employee saw two females walking near the track and thought one was struck by the train, Cool said. Fire, police and BNSF responded to the scene. The rail line was shut down and BNSF was preparing to investigate the scene, said BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas.

There have been 16 trespassing fatalities on Washington railroads in 2017, all on BNSF-owned lines, Melonas said.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.