SPOKANE, Wash. - It's something no one wants to see, someone get hit by train. Unfortunately for one Spokane woman, that's exactly what she saw Tuesday night near Browne's Addition.
Megan Goldsmith said she was driving her kids to their dad's house, when something caught her eye. She said she saw a man was walking up a hill towards the tracks, when all of a sudden, he was gone.
"It's like a movie clip, it didn't seem real," Goldsmith said.
Megan Goldsmith said she could hear the train's brakes squealing to stop. Then, it's whistle blowing, and the headlight getting brighter.
"It was strange because it was so fast, I was like, did I just see that," Goldsmith said.
A man she saw for one second, gone.
"It wasn't like a jump or anything, it looked like he just walked right into the train," Goldsmith said.
First responders arrived within minutes.
"I saw somebody coming from both sides with flashlights, looking under the train," Goldsmith said.
Police haven't released the man's name yet, who died later that night in a hospital.
"I hope that whatever pain he was in, is gone," Goldsmith said.
Union Pacific said when things like this happen, they recommend their crews to support groups.
"I don't know if that's something you see in a lifetime as a train conductor, but I'm pretty sure he saw something much worse than I did," Goldsmith said.
Megan said Christmas has never been her favorite holiday, but she said in that moment, she realized how precious life is.
"I've struggled with depression my whole life, but I don't ever want to be in that place, and I think that I'm taking life a little less for granted right now," Goldsmith said.