Man fatally hit by train in Ephrata - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Man fatally hit by train in Ephrata

EPHRATA, Wash. - A Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train has fatally hit a man walking on the tracks in the south end of Ephrata.

Railroad spokesman Gus Melonas says the 35-year-old Ephrata man was trespassing on railroad property. He was hit about 9:15 Sunday night by a train with four locomotives hauling 74 shipping containers from Tacoma to Chicago.

The fatality held up rail traffic four about four hours. It occurred on a stretch of single track about a mile from of a public crossing on State Route 28 and 0.3 miles from a private crossing.

Melonas says it's the first fatality on the railroad's main line between Seattle and Spokane this year.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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