The death of a 43-year-old Kansas man hit by a train near the Edmonds Amtrak station Tuesday appears to be a suicide, Edmonds police said Wednesday.
While the official cause and manner of death is yet to be officially released by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office, Edmonds police spokesman Sgt. Josh McClure said that witnesses reported seeing the man run from the Amtrak platform onto the tracks as the train was approaching.
Witness reports indicate that the man, from Wichita, Kansas, “did deliberately place himself on the tracks,” McClure said. “This was not a accident.”
Railroad crossings at both Dayton and Main Streets were blocked for about 2 1/2 hours following the incident, and Edmonds-Kingston ferry service was also temporarily suspended.
The incident blocked the only access points to and from the Edmonds waterfront, leaving both visitors and business owners and their customers stranded on the waterfront side. In addition, first responders were called to a few minor medical emergencies along the waterfront during the train blockage, which required them to crawl through an open rail car to get to the west side of the train tracks so they could evaluate patients.
First responders also received permission from BNSF to help an estimated 100 people who were stranded get to the other side through the open rail car.