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Body found on BNSF railroad tracks in Camas

The Columbian
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The body of a 22-year-old Camas man was found Sunday morning near railroad tracks that run along the Washougal River.

Sami Nesta-Serrano’s body was discovered at about 6:15 a.m. when a pair of trains traveling in opposite directions spotted and confirmed a man’s body was lying to the right of the tracks. The cause of death is still pending an examination by the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office. The Camas Police Department released the man’s name.

Camas fire and police and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway responded to the tracks near Sixth Avenue and Franklin Street, close to the Washougal River.

“We are investigating,” said Gus Melonas, a BNSF Railway spokesman. “All indicators point to it being a train. It was believed to be a westbound train.”

It’s unclear when, exactly, Nesta-Serrano was struck.

The area where his body was discovered is popular among fishermen.

About 30 trains cross the Washougal River Bridge each day, Melonas said. “All railroad property is no trespassing,” he added.

BNSF is monitoring the area today “to make sure no one else was injured during this unfortunate fatality situation,” Melonas said.

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