Pedestrian killed by Sounder train in Kent | Update

52-year-old man carried California ID

Pedestrian killed by Sounder train in Kent | Update

A 52-year-old man was killed at about 4:45 p.m. Tuesday by a Sounder (Sound Transit) passenger train while crossing on foot the BNSF Railway tracks near South 266th Street and Ives Avenue in south Kent, just north of the Green River.

It was a northbound Sounder train, said Gus Melonas, BNSF Railway spokesman in a phone interview Tuesday. Nobody on the train was injured. As of Wednesday morning, the King County Medical Examiner’s Office had not yet released the identification of the man.

Initial indications are that the collision appears to be the result of intentional actions on the part of the pedestrian, according to a Kent Police news release.

Police are trying to determine where the man lived.

“He had a California ID, so at this point we are unsure if he resides here or was visiting,” said Kent Police Cmdr. Robert Hollis in a Wednesday email.

A Sounder train also struck and killed a pedestrian at about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday between Sumner and Puyallup. Both collisions closed tracks and caused delays of trains. Sound Transit sent buses to Kent for people heading south on trains Tuesday evening. The agency sent buses in the morning to Puyallup to take passengers to Federal Way to catch buses to Seattle.

A third incident Tuesday involved a Sounder train going to Seattle from Everett at about 8 a.m. when a person standing near the tracks near Carkeek Park in northwest Seattle either lost his footing or was hit by the train, injuring the pedestrian.

On Sunday, a 20-year-old man was fatally struck by an Amtrak train in Puyallup. A person also was injured by a freight train Sunday in Kent, Melonas said.

Nineteen people have been killed this year on BNSF Railway tracks, Melonas said.

Kent train deaths

Four pedestrians have been killed in the last five months on the tracks in Kent. Two in July and one in September were considered suicides based on witness reports, according to Kent Police.

• A 20-year-old Seattle man was hit by a Sounder train on July 23 near South 212th Street

• A 55-year-old SeaTac man was struck by an Amtrak train July 24 near West Willis Street

• A 19-year-old Bonney Lake woman was hit Sept. 20 by a Amtrak train between West Willis Street and South 259th Street

• A 52-year-old man struck by a Sounder train Dec. 3 near South 266th Street

Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in News

Four new crosswalks with flashing beacons in Kent under construction

Improvements along SE 240th Street, 104th Avenue SE and Central Avenue North

Kent Police investigate homicide at homeless encampment

Man, 54, had obvious trauma to his head; found in 10900 block of SE 256th Street

City of Kent hires firm to design new maintenance, operations facility

Shop to be built on East Hill within the next few years

Clark resigns as Kent School Board president but retains his seat

Decision comes after public outcry over an insensitive comment by Clark about Somalia families

Soos Creek Water & Sewer District corrects billing errors

One customer received a bill for $9,000; district serves parts of Kent, Auburn, Renton and other cities

Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. File photo
Schools, housing, salaries score big in Senate Dems $70B budget

The proposed spending plan also spends money to fight climate change, help abortion providers and study police pursuits

SeaTac girl pleads guilty to hit-and-run murder of Maple Valley man

Judge sentences the 17-year-old to remain in custody until she turns 21; maximum allowed by law

File photo.
Audit finds accountability issues in King County’s equity and social justices programs

Auditors say the county lacks progress tracking, clearly defined roles and accountability measures.

Northwest Kidney Centers opening Panther Lake location in Kent

Open house set for 2-4 p.m. Thursday, March 30

Most Read