Kent police officers are investigating the death of a man who was hit by a train on the BNSF railroad tracks near South 212th Street and 77th Avenue South.

The department posted on social media that officers were dispatched around 4:20 p.m. Thursday and spoke to the conductor of the train, who said the man laid down on the tracks in front of the train and “did not move when the conductor activated the train’s emergency whistles and horns.”

The conductor said he could not stop the southbound Sounder passenger train in time, police said.

Warning signs of suicide

If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts or have concerns about someone else who may be, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You will be routed to a local crisis center where professionals can talk you through a risk assessment and provide resources in your community. The more of the signs below that a person shows, the greater the risk of suicide.
  • Talking about wanting to die
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious, agitated or recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings
Source: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline