March 26, 2023

A pedestrian was struck and killed Wednesday by a Sound Transit passenger train bound for Lakewood.

The incident was reported near the 4400 block of Pioneer Way East in the Waller area. Pierce County Sheriff’s Department deputies and fire department personnel responded, and the man was declared dead at the scene.

According to the law enforcement officials ,the man started to get off the tracks east of Tacoma but wasn’t able to avoid the train.and has not been identified.

“A Sounder train conductor saw the man standing on the tracks and honked at him”, Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Sgt. Darren Moss said. Deputies don’t believe the incident was a suicide.

“He saw the train and was trying to get out of the way ,the one thing people need to realize is just because you are off the rail doesn’t mean the train won’t hit you. The trains are wider than the rails.” No train crossings were blocked as a result, and road traffic wasn’t affected, Moss said.

The train got moving again at about 10 a.m., Sound Transit spokesperson David Jackson said. He said the train didn’t go to its destination and instead stopped at the Tacoma Dome. “That’s where most passengers were headed, but crews coordinated with Pierce Transit to get others to South Tacoma.” He added no one was going to Lakewood.

At least two other people have been struck and killed by trains in Pierce County this year. Last week, a 42-year-old man was struck near Puyallup, and on Jan. 9, a person died after being hit by a train in Puyallup.

Marvelous Ogidi

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