Warning flashers and other safety devices were reportedly working on South Lander when a man crossing the railroad tracks was fatally struck in the Sodo neighborhood Monday afternoon.
A man died after being struck by an Amtrak train Monday afternoon in Seattle’s Sodo neighborhood, according to the Seattle Fire Department.
Police are investigating whether the man ignored the crossing signals before he was struck at Occidental Avenue South and South Lander Street.
BNSF Railway spokesman Gus Melonas said witnesses reported seeing the man crossing the tracks. He said it appears that railroad crossing gates, flashers and sidewalk protectors were working.
The east- and westbound lanes of South Lander at Occidental Avenue South were closed for about two hours during the investigation, according to the Seattle Department of Transportation.
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Melonas said this was the 21st fatality this year on BNSF railroad tracks in Washington state.