Man dies in train collision - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Man dies in train collision

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Authorities say a man carrying a bag of beer has been struck and killed by a coal train in Spokane Valley.

Officials with Burlington Northern Santa Fe say the train hit the man about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday at about 35 mph. He adds that the train was en route to Centralia from the Powder River basin in Montana.

Crew members believe the 38-year-old man was trying to beat the train just west of the North Park Road crossing. They threw the emergency brake, but it was too late.

Spokane County sheriff's deputies say the man was carrying a bag of beer, but it is not clear whether he was intoxicated.

Trains were rerouted around the area for a few hours and morning rush hour was not affected.

The next step in the investigation is to review video from the train. Officials hope that will help determine what the victim was doing before he was hit and what may have led to that collision.

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