SEATTLE (AP) — A freight train struck and killed a woman Thursday morning on the tracks at Carkeek Park in Seattle.
Burlington Northern Santa Fe spokesman Gus Melonas says the crew blew the whistle and engaged emergency brakes, but the 63-car train could not stop in time. The crew said the woman was kneeling in the middle of the track.
A device with a fuse that appears to be a pipe bomb was found in the vicinity, but it’s unknown if she was carrying it. Melonas says a Seattle police bomb squad responded. Trains were held for the investigation.
It was the fourth train fatality in the Seattle area since Aug. 5. Melonas says the number of trespassing deaths increases in warm weather as the much of the line runs along Puget Sound.