The fatality is the 22nd death on BNSF tracks in Washington so far this year, making it one of the deadliest years for train deaths in decades, Melonas said.
Clark County Fire & Rescue, Clark County Fire District 6 and American Medical Response responded to the scene, along with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and BNSF police.
Dawdy said the area is known for trespassers, and the agency has responded to several incidents involving trains and pedestrians in the area. He encouraged people to stop trespassing onto the tracks.
“There’s no sense in having that kind of tragedy,” Dawdy said. “The best way to prevent these accidents is to stay off the railroad tracks.”
The train was stopped and traffic was halted while the agency investigated, Melonas said The line reopened at 9:30 a.m., and four trains were delayed, he said.