Woman struck and killed by train in Seattle

Story Highlights:
One dead in Seattle accident
Train accident caused by woman walking on tracks

Date: May 22, 2011, 05/22/2011
Location: Seattle, King County, Washington
Type: Train accident
Outcome: One dead

A woman was struck and killed by a Link light rail train in Seattle on Sunday.

Around 1 p.m. a woman was walking on the tracks near the Martin Luther King Jr. Way South and Renton Avenue South. As the train approached, the conductor sounded his warning horn and put on the brakes but the woman didn’t move off the tracks so the train struck her.

She was taken to Harborview Medical Center but later died from her injuries. Passengers on the train were taken to neighboring stations and police are continuing to investigate the reason why the woman was on the tracks and why she didn’t move when the train approached.

National Railroad Accident Statistics
In 2007, there were 13,067 railroad related accidents, according to the Federal Railroad Administration's Office of Safety Analysis. These railroad accidents resulted in 851 deaths and 8,801 non-fatal injuries. Of the railroad accident injuries in 2007, 1,031 happened at highway railroad crossings and 398 of the injuries occurred due to trespassing.

Seattle Mass Transit Accident Attorneys
Chris Davis and everyone at the Davis Law Group sends out their condolences to the family of the man who was killed in this tragedy. If you or a family member has suffered as the result of a bus or mass transit accident in Washington state, the Davis Law Group can help. We specialize in helping injured bus and mass transit passengers recover the just and fair compensation for their injuries.
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