Woman dies after being struck by train at downtown railroad crossing

A passing train struck and killed a pedestrian at the James Street railroad crossing in downtown Kent on Saturday night, Kent Police said.

The incident occurred around 7:20 p.m.

The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) train was traveling south on the BNSF right of way, police said. Witnesses reported seeing a 55-year-old woman walking across the tracks near James Street, appeared to have fallen on the tracks and was attempting to get back up when the train entered the crossing and struck her.

As of Tuesday, the King County Medical Examiner’s Office had not released the identity of the woman.

Police and fire responders were on location within minutes of the incident.

As with other rail crossings throughout downtown Kent, police said, the James Street crossing is equipped with large, light-reflective gates, as well as red flashing signals and audible bells.

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