Pedestrian killed by train in Wapato

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WAPATO, Wash. (AP) -- A freight train struck and killed a person on the tracks early Friday at Wapato.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe spokesman Gus Melonas (mel-OWN'-us) says it happened at 4:30 a.m. about 200 feet from a crossing. He says the crew of a train on its way from Pasco to Yakima saw a person lying or sleeping next to the rails, and the train was unable to stop.

The railroad track is a secondary line connecting Puget Sound and the Columbia Basin.