Amtrak train kills person on tracks in Washington




SEATTLE (AP) — A railroad spokesman says a northbound Amtrak train has struck and killed a person on the tracks at Nisqually, Wash., about 25 miles south of Tacoma.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe spokesman Gus Melonas says the fatality occurred shortly after 5 p.m. Friday. He says it’s the fifth fatality this month on BNSF tracks in the Puget Sound area.

Neither he nor Amtrak spokeswoman Danelle Hunter could immediately say whether the victim was male or female. Hunter said the Pierce County sheriff’s office was investigating.

The train was bound from Portland, Ore., to Vancouver, British Columbia, with a stop in Seattle.