Ferry, train service delayed after freight train hits truck on Edmonds waterfront Tuesday morning

The aftermath of the truck-tanker car collision Tuesday morning. (Photo courtesy Edmonds police)

Ferry and commuter train service were both delayed and vehicle traffic to and from the Edmonds waterfront was blocked on both Dayton and Main Streets after a truck was sideswiped while driving on a private access road Tuesday morning, Edmonds police said.

The truck — driven by an 82-year-old Edmonds man — was traveling southbound on the road at 5:04 a.m. when it was hit by a southbound tanker train, Edmonds police spokesperson Sgt. Shane Hawley said. Following the incident, the driver was able to get out of the vehicle, then walked to nearby Dayton Street, where police found him. There were no signs of impairment, but police don’t know why the man was driving along the tracks, Hawley added.

The man was transported to Harborview Medical Center but his injuries did not appear to be life threatening, South County Fire spokesperson Leslie Hynes said.

The private access road is one of two that run along either side of the railroad tracks from Dayton Street southbound, and is owned by BNSF. The road on the east side ends at Woodway, but the gravel road on the west side — on which the man was traveling — ends after about 1,200 feet, Hawley explained. That is where the truck was stopped when the train arrived, sideswiping his vehicle.

The train blocked access to the Washington State ferries Edmonds-Kingston terminal, causing delays in early-morning sailings, and also resulted in delays to Sounder commuter train service. Following an investigation into the incident and track inspection, the train was moved at 7:04 a.m., and ferry, train and vehicle traffic resumed.



5 Replies to “Ferry, train service delayed after freight train hits truck on Edmonds waterfront Tuesday morning”

  1. Drivers taking a wrong turn onto the tracks in Edmonds is not really uncommon, from observations over the years…

    How about installing some gates that are down, across the tracks, when the normal stop gates are up? When the current gates go down, to stop traffic, these proposed ‘track gates’ would go up for rail traffic. Might even be able to use the same mechanisms from the current gates.

    Someday the story will be about more than sheet-metal, bruises, and a long commute…


  2. I just got back from salt lake city they have lots of train traffic and they have some excellent systems for barricades for both pedestrians and vehicles. The city should look into these examples and talk to utah transit authority


  3. I still would like to know how he thought that was a thru street as well as did he make a left or right turn onto the access road?
    Here’s a link of the access road – https://tinyurl.com/quvpcg2
    As a former Sounder train commuter, I know first hand that neither access road is a thru street or a way to get to the Marina park.


  4. What was in those railroad tank cars? They are probably “empties” of the highly volatile Bakken Crude. Typically, full ones go north, and the return trip is empty. Were any of the rail cars damaged to a point where product may have spilled?


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