Edmonds police are reporting that the fatality on the train tracks at Sunset Avenue and Caspers Street Friday morning was an apparent suicide.
Edmonds police spokesman Sgt. Mark Marsh said that witnesses reported that a man was walking on the tracks southbound directly toward an oncoming northbound freight train with his hands up at around 7:25 a.m. The train sounded its horn several times but the man did not move and was hit, Marsh added.
The train had activated its emergency brakes and did come to a stop approximately 750 feet north of Main Street, blocking the roadway leading to the ferry dock. Edmonds police officers, traffic investigators and detectives are currently at the scene investigating. The man has not been identified yet, Marsh added.
Sunset Avenue is completely blocked with emergency vehicles. The Edmonds-to-Kingston ferry that had been loaded with cars when the incident occurred just left the dock for Kingston, but the intersection where the ferry loading occurs at Main Street and Sunset is completely blocked, and there is no train traffic going through.
Marsh said that ferry traffic will be disrupted for an undetermined amount of time. Officials with Burlington Northern/Santé Fe are working to clear the roadway crossings as quickly, and currently both the Main Street and Dayton Street crossings are blocked by the train, he added.
— Reporting and photography from Larry Vogel, at the scene, with additional information from an Edmonds police news release