Man killed by Amtrak train near Cashmere

  • Mon Jul 2nd, 2012 2:31pm
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Associated Press

CASHMERE — An Amtrak train headed to Seattle killed a man Monday on a bridge over the Wenatchee River near Cashmere.

Chelan County sheriff’s Operations Chief John Wisemore says the man was hit after 6 a.m. near the center of the trestle by the train going about 40 mph.

Wisemore told The Wenatchee World that he was a Cashmere man in his 60s. His car was parked nearby at a state Department of Fish and Wildlife public fishing site.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe spokesman Gus Melonas said more than 20 trains a day use the bridge. The track was closed four hours for the investigation, delaying three freight trains.

Melonas said six people trespassing on BNSF tracks have been killed this year in Washington. More than 20 were killed last year.