A man who died after being hit by a freight train on the Edmonds waterfront Friday morning was 35 and last known to have lived in Mountlake Terrace, according to Edmonds police
The Snohomish County Medical Examiner took custody of the body and will be notifying next of kin, police spokesman Sgt. Mark Marsh said.
Edmond police said that the incident on the tracks in front of Sunset Avenue and Caspers Street Friday morning was an apparent suicide. Marsh said that witnesses reported that a man was walking on the tracks southbound directly toward an oncoming northbound freight train with his hands up at around 7:25 a.m. The train sounded its horn several times but the man did not move and was hit, Marsh added.
The train had activated its emergency brakes and did come to a stop approximately 750 feet north of Main Street, blocking the roadway leading to the ferry dock. The two Edmonds street crossings over the train tracks at Main Street and Dayton Street were blocked for four hours but were cleared at 11:25 a.m.
“The train’s brake system had been damaged during the collision, which caused an additional delay to clearing the tracks along with enabling the ferry to dock and unload its vehicular passengers,” Marsh said, adding that normal operations were expected to resume shortly.