Mudslides halt passenger train service in Pacific Northwest

The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office says a man struck and killed by a train south of Kalama was posing for a photograph at the time.

The Daily News of Longview reports that the man had been driving from Tacoma to Portland, Oregon, on Saturday morning when he and his female traveling companion stopped to smoke a cigarette and take pictures along the Columbia River.

The man was posing between two railroad tracks while a northbound BNSF freight train was approaching. Investigators say he apparently did not see an approaching Amtrak passenger train coming from the other direction.

The victim's identity has not been released. His companion was not injured.

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