Updated on: 2/17/2020
A male bicyclist was killed in a collision with an Amtrak Cascades passenger train Tuesday morning in Bellingham, according to police.
The incident occurred around 8:30 a.m. on F Street between Roeder Avenue and Holly Street.
The train, Amtrak Cascades 517, was traveling from Vancouver, B.C., and was due to cross the intersection on its way to Seattle. Police say the electronic arms had come down alerting the train’s arrival.
The Bellingham Herald states that due to active construction in the area, flaggers were present to help direct pedestrians and traffic on both sides of the street. Police say the bicyclist ignored both the flaggers and electronic arms, continued onto the tracks and was hit by the oncoming train. The man died at the scene.
The investigation is ongoing.
Tuesday’s collision was the fifth fatal collision on BNSF train tracks in Washington state this year.
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