SEATTLE (AP) — A man was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries after being hit by a freight train north of Seattle on Thursday morning.

A spokesman for BNSF Railroad told KOMO-TV the train was heading south from Vancouver, British Columbia, on its way to Portland at about 3:40 a.m. when the engineer spotted a man lying next to the tracks.

The train was unable to stop in time and the man was hit near Richmond Beach Saltwater Park.

The Shoreline Fire Department says the 20-year-old was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

The tracks were closed for an investigation, but reopened in time for the morning Sounder train.

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