Amtrak train kills woman, injures man in Tacoma


by KING5 News and Associated Press

Posted on August 9, 2010 at 7:09 AM

Updated Monday, Aug 9 at 7:36 AM

Titlow Park, Tacoma, WA

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TACOMA, Wash. -  A young woman is dead and her male companion is injured after they were hit by an Amtrak train in Tacoma.

Police say they were told by witnesses that the two 18-year-olds were taking photos when the accident occurred near Titlow Park, located at 8425 6th Avenue, at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

"They called for medical people on the train," said Rob Zeller who was onboard the Amtrak train. "I heard a couple of thumps, the air brakes came on."

Zeller got off the train to see what happened.

"The young gal was back there off the tracks a little ways and her boyfriend, I guess, was out in the water about seven or eight feet," said Zeller as he described the scene.

Both were rushed to the hospital where the woman was declared dead. The young man's condition wasn't immediately available. No names were released.

Officials say the train was en route from Seattle to Eugene, Oregon and was traveling about 35 mph at the time of the accident, which delayed the train for three hours.

The tracks are adjacent to a popular walking trail.

There were 271 people onboard the train at the time of the accident. No one onboard was injured.