There were two fatal train accidents today in Western Washington today, the first train accident fatalities of the new year. In 2010, there were 19 train-pedestrian fatalities in Washington state with most occurring between Tacoma and Bellingham.
A Marysville man was hit and killed by a BNSF freight train around 12:10am this morning near Marysville. The Seattle Times report said the man was walking on the tracks when he was struck by a train traveling under 40 mph.
Only 30 minutes after the first fatal train accident, a man was killed near the Sumner Meadows Golf Course while he was walking on the track. The train in that accident was traveling at about 35mph said the report. Sumner is located east of Tacoma near Puyallup and Bonney Lake.
In both pedestrian accidents, the men were on the tracks at points where there was not a crossing. Pedestrian accidents on train tracks are devastating to the railroad workers and to the families of the deceased.
Let’s be safe folks: pedestrians should never walk on the tracks and only cross them at designated pedestrian or roadway crossings, observing all warning signs and signals.
This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in pedestrian accidents and the family of those who have been killed.
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