This is the 10th fatality in Washington state this year involving people who have been hit by trains. Of the 10 deaths, 9 of the people were considered to be trespassers and one was at a pedestrian crossing.
Pedestrians are often ignorant of the dangers that railroad tracks pose. It is often devastating to train engineers to be involved in a collision in which a pedestrian is killed. Pedestrians often don’t realize that trains are traveling at speeds of up to 80 mph and that they can not stop for a pedestrian.