Man Fatally Struck By Amtrak Train While Posing For Selfie

Kalama, Wash. (CBS SEATTLE/AP) — An Oregon man posing for a selfie was struck and killed by an Amtrak train as he and woman posed for the photo on railroad tracks amid a Tacoma-to-Portland trip.

Police say the unidentified man stopped along the Kalama River to smoke and take pictures with a woman on the railroad tracks three miles south of Kalama, The Oregonian reports. As the northbound Burlington Northern-Santa Fe train approached the two about 10:28 a.m. Saturday, the man “walked out between the northbound and southbound set of train tracks to pose for pictures as the train passed by him,” said Charlie Rosenzweig, a Cowlitz County Sheriff’s deputy.

The two didn’t realize an Amtrak train was approaching them from the southbound set of tracks, Rosenzweig told The Oregonian. The train struck the man as he posed for the selfie photo. The woman was uninjured in the incident, but the man died at the scene.

The identity of the male victim will be released once the family has been notified and BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas tells The Associated Press that the man was trespassing on the tracks.

Melonas says dispatchers held seven trains until about 1 p.m. Saturday, when they resumed operations.
BNSF police are investigating with local officials.

The railroad says more than 30 trespassers were fatally injured after being struck by trains in 2013 and 2014 on its tracks in Washington state.

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