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Man killed by train in Tacoma

A man died Monday in Tacoma after he was hit by a southbound Amtrak train.

Killed was 35-year-old Gary Dodson of Tacoma, the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office said Tuesday.

Dodson was hit about 3 p.m. on the tracks near where Interstate 5 crosses state Route 167, and died at St. Joseph Medical Center from his injuries, police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.

The cause of the accident was being investigated.

The accident happened at a railroad maintenance crossing that is not open to the public, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway spokesman Gus Melonas said.

The spot is on the BNSF mainline that connects Tacoma to Seattle and is used by up to 60 trains daily.

A BNSF freight train, two Sound Transit trains and one Amtrak train were delayed after the fatality, Melonas said.

He cautioned people to “expect the movement of a train on any track, at any time, in any direction.”

The death is the 19th fatality of someone trespassing on Washington BNSF tracks this year, he said.

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