Woman hit by Amtrak train near Golden Gardens

A woman walking along the train near NW Neptune and Blue Ridge Drive was struck and killed by an Amtrak train Thursday afternoon. The accident happened about a mile north of Golden Gardens Park.

Neighbors told KING 5 that the woman was wearing headphones, and people yelled to catch her attention before she was hit.

The train was headed from Seattle to Chicago. Investigators are expected to be at the scene until this evening. Seattle Police did not release any more information, and we’ll keep you updated.

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James Beard
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James Beard

Darwin Award!

Silver
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Silver

My thoughts are with the victims family and the witnesses to this tragic event.

Lonewolf
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Lonewolf

And I give you the Captain Obvious award. Even if she was wearing headphones, the ground borne vibrations + train horn are hard to miss. I wonder if that was suicide by train. Regardless, a death is a death and mocking her death makes you look like a .

I feel bad for her family and the engine driver who (helplessly) watched her die.

fusspot
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You are an ass. Watch out for karma.

Anonymous
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Assuming you can hear a train, and so avoid it, is risky. I read about a guy getting hit by a train once, and it was said that the acoustics are such (I don’t remember the exact explanation) that you might hear nothing til the train hits you. Train tracks should be regarded as dangerous and you should be very vigilant if close.

Thoughts and prayers for the woman and her family.

Obsidianmaul
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Obsidianmaul

sounds like a suicide, nobody walks on the trains with headphones in. headphones also dont roar over a train whistle, nor the vibrations on the tracks.
pretty peaceful way to go if you ask me, wouldn’t mind dying suddenly to my favorite song.

David
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David

I live three blocks from this site and hear the train everyday! Something is very wrong here

yep
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yep

if you do obsianmaul, try not to be so selfish with your act.

maybe pick a non-passenger train so you don’t ruin the holidays for a few hundred people.

Listen
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Listen

No, just Stupidcide, people use RR tracks as a sidewalk all the time. No one goes for a stroll down the middle of a road. Never understood the ignorance.

cluj
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cluj

They would if the traffic patterns were similar.

jackie
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jackie

i grew up in that neighborhood, and was once walking alongside the tracks in that same area with a friend when i was a teenager…nothing covering our ears…something told me to look back, and there was an amtrack train only a few hundred feet behind us. it really freaked us out, because we didn’t ‘consciously’ hear anything…i don’t even remember feeling vibrations. i found that this is not the case with the other trains…something definitely different with the amtrack. i doubt it was suicide…just a very horrible accident.

Catherine
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Catherine

There are times of year I’m down there just about every day – the following never cease to amaze me:
(1) Many people walk along those tracks from GG to Carkeek, frequently in the middle of the tracks.
(2) Depending on the wind noise, the particular train, the wave action and where I am relative to all that, some trains you just don’t hear until they’re moments away.
(3) Some trains you hear from Edmonds, or before they’re visible from the Seattle side, leading you to think that point 2 just isn’t possible.

Regardless of what the causes were, there are no winners in this one. Lousy all the way around.

gobigblue
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gobigblue

amtrak trains are a fraction of the size (number of cars) of the freight trains

gobigblue
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gobigblue

please don’t make up excuses for this moron. while i suppose it’s possible that wind noise and wave action may have prevented her from hearing the train, it’s more likley her headphones and lack of common sense prevented her from hearing the train.

besides, she shouldn’t have been walking on an active train track in the first place. period.

yep
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yep

what fraction would that be? 5/7? 13/8?

your reply tells us absolutly nothing.

gobigblue
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gobigblue

“tragic event”

i disagree. someone dying in a plane crash or getting killed by drunk driver is a tragic event. 18 other people have been killed walking/crossing BNSF tracks in the region this year. all of these incidents were completely avoidable and therefore, not tragic at all. it was just plain stupid.

champ
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champ

you sound like a well reasoned, intelligent fellow.

champ
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champ

you sound like a thoughtful, reasonable person.

guest
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guest

why would you say that?

Catherine’s comment isn’t telling people to go walk on the tracks more often or anything so what is the problem???

yep
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yep

why thank you!

guest
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guest

*tool alert* ^^^

sorry
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sorry

The anonymity of a keyboard shouldn’t give anyone license to say these things. Would one go up to her mother, father, sister or brother at the funeral home and say ‘sorry for your loss, she was a moron.’ ? Would one speculate whether it was a suicide? No one wouldn’t. One does so because b/c it’s safer to make a response that is so socially unacceptable and cruel anonymously.

What does it matter? She died. My condolences to her family and friends.

Guest
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Probably time to shut down the comment board on this article. Apparently we have a lot of nasty Big Blue trolls in the Ballard community.

Anonymous
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In Boston the subway, known as “The T” is at street level in a few places. I was waiting to cross one of the bigger avenues with several lanes of traffic and two tracks for the T down the middle, inbound and outbound. There is a little sidewalk island around the tracks for people who don’t make it all the way across before the signal changes. Alone on the island was a young guy with headphones on standing on the inbound tracks watching the outbound train coming. What he didn’t see was the inbound train bearing down on him. All the people waiting on either side of the street were helplessly waving their arms at him and pointing, the inbound train sounded its horn, but the guy kept looking at the outbound train. At the last possible second he realized the horn was the inbound train and not the outbound and somehow jumped back just as the train got there. He barely cleared the train but the bag he was carrying was hit and knocked out of his hands as the train full of people clinging to their seats in an emergency stop slid past. Luckily this guy just got… Read more »

Stapler
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Stapler

flag them as inappropriate and ignore them.