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Woman hit by Amtrak train near Golden Gardens

Posted by Geeky Swedes on November 25th, 2010

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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60 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 James Beard // Nov 26, 2010 at 2:16 am

    Darwin Award!

  • 2 Silver // Nov 26, 2010 at 2:44 am

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

  • 3 Lonewolf // Nov 26, 2010 at 3:04 am

    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.

  • 4 fusspot // Nov 26, 2010 at 3:14 am

    You are an ass. Watch out for karma.

  • 5 Anonymous // Nov 26, 2010 at 4:27 am

    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.

  • 6 Obsidianmaul // Nov 26, 2010 at 6:37 am

    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.

  • 7 David // Nov 26, 2010 at 8:13 am

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

  • 8 yep // Nov 26, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    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.

  • 9 Listen // Nov 26, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    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.

  • 10 cluj // Nov 26, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    They would if the traffic patterns were similar.

  • 11 jackie // Nov 26, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    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.

  • 12 Catherine // Nov 26, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    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.

  • 13 gobigblue // Nov 26, 2010 at 7:31 pm

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

  • 14 gobigblue // Nov 26, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    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.

  • 15 yep // Nov 26, 2010 at 8:13 pm

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

    your reply tells us absolutly nothing.

  • 16 gobigblue // Nov 26, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    “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.

  • 17 champ // Nov 26, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    you sound like a well reasoned, intelligent fellow.

  • 18 champ // Nov 26, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    you sound like a thoughtful, reasonable person.

  • 19 guest // Nov 26, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    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???

  • 20 yep // Nov 26, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    why thank you!

  • 21 guest // Nov 26, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    *tool alert* ^^^

  • 22 sorry // Nov 26, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    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.

  • 23 Guest // Nov 26, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    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.

  • 24 Anonymous // Nov 26, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    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 a scare and lost some papers out of his bag, but it was close. Up until that last second he seemed perfectly confident that he was completely safe and in no danger. Hopefully he learned from this and doesn’t stand on the tracks anymore and hopefully people will learn from this tragedy that tracks are not a path.

  • 25 Stapler // Nov 26, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    flag them as inappropriate and ignore them.

  • 26 sleepynb // Nov 27, 2010 at 12:02 am

    Catherine, you’re right. I’m down on that beach a lot. I am amazed at how the combination of wind and waves can block the sound of an oncoming train. It’s very disceptive, and you have to be on your guard.

  • 27 gobigblue // Nov 27, 2010 at 12:46 am

    my reply tells you absolutely nothing? how so? seems pretty self-explanatory to me, but let me explain:

    i don’t know the exact fraction, but I would guess the average amtrak trains that use those tracks to be at most 1/5th the size of the average freight trains that use those tracks.

    i would guess a typical amtrak train is about a dozen cars in length, 20 cars at most, based on my epxerience taking one to vancouver, my in-laws’ experiene taking the exact train (route) involved in this accident, and the numerous amtrak trains i’ve seen go by at Golden Gardens, and pass in a matter of seconds.

    i would guess a typical freight train is several dozen cars in length, in many cases probably well over a hundred cars, based on the ones i’ve seen go by in Golden Gardens, and take several minutes to pass

    now for the physics part, which might be where you’re getting lost. since amtrak trains are smaller, and thus lighter, than freight trains, it would seem plausible that they wouldn’t vibrate the ground as much or make as much noise.

    get it?

  • 28 gobigblue // Nov 27, 2010 at 12:48 am

    you don’t have to be on your guard unless you’re walking on the tracks, which is stupid, dangerous, and illegal.

  • 29 gobigblue // Nov 27, 2010 at 12:52 am

    what exactly is inappropriate about calling this woman foolish for walking on active train tracks (despite the no tresspassing signs)?

    sorry, but when you play with fire you get burned. and in this case, so did the engineer of the train, people who witnessed the accident, and all of the passengers who were delayed because of this woman’s foolish and illegal activity.

  • 30 gobigblue // Nov 27, 2010 at 12:55 am

    sorry, i forgot to mention that her family and friends also got burned…

  • 31 Stapler // Nov 27, 2010 at 1:23 am

    did i call anything out? I was just suggesting to those who are up in arms over comments to work with the Swedes to have them handled rather than the constant whining or falling for the bait.

  • 32 Catherine // Nov 27, 2010 at 3:20 am

    There are multiple legal crossings there for Blue Ridge and North Beach residents.

  • 33 Anonymous // Nov 27, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Once again, Darwin at work.

  • 34 yep // Nov 27, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    saying something is ‘a fraction’ doesn’t necessarily imply it’s smaller.

    get it?

  • 35 yep // Nov 27, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    seriously, too bad it wasn’t you bigblue. you seem to have all the facts. must’ve been there watching, huh?

    the only tragic event was your birth

  • 36 gobigblue // Nov 27, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    wow. you wish i was killed by a train just because i condemn somebody who walked on active train tracks and got killed.

    i know the truth is painful some times, but grow up

  • 37 gobigblue // Nov 27, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    “saying something is ‘a fraction’ doesn’t necessarily imply it’s smaller.”

    really? here’s the definition of the word “fraction” from

    1. Mathematics .
    a. a number usually expressed in the form a/b.
    b. a ratio of algebraic quantities similarly expressed.
    2. Chemistry . (in a volatile mixture) a component whose range of boiling point temperatures allows it to be separated from other components by fractionation.
    3. a part as distinct from the whole of anything; portion or section: The meeting started with a fraction of us present.
    4. a very small part or segment of anything; minute portion: Only a fraction of the work was completed on time.
    5. a very small amount; a little bit: It was only a fraction away from completion.
    6. a piece broken off; fragment or bit.
    7. the act of breaking.
    8. Ecclesiastical . (in a Eucharistic service) the breaking of the Host.

    do you understand what the words “portion” or “section” mean? let me explain. a portion or section of something is smaller than that something.

    a fraction is typically a piece of a whole (value of less than 1). yes, a fraction can represent more than a whole and have a value of greater than 1, but fraction is typically used to mean the former.

    besides, most grown ups i know understand how to decipher the exact meaning and intent of a word from the context in which it is used.

    not sure what other meaning the word “fraction” could have in the sentenece “amtrak trains are a fraction of the size of freight trains” other than implying that amtrak trains are smaller than freight trains.

    even my 1st and 3rd grade kids understand what that sentence implies

  • 38 gobigblue // Nov 27, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    she wasn’t crossing the tracks, she was walking on them from golden gardens to carkeek, which is illegal.

    and where exactly are these legal crossings that have you walk on/across the tracks rather than over or under them?

  • 39 yep // Nov 27, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    go back to michigan you clown

  • 40 kim // Nov 27, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    you two need to go to your rooms and have a time out!

  • 41 Anonymous // Nov 27, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    First you wished my demise by train. Now I’m a jerk because you don’t understand the meaning or context of the word fraction. Grow up.

  • 42 Anonymous // Nov 27, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Not from michigan. Love the name calling. What grade are you in?

  • 43 Anonymous // Nov 27, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    A legal crossing where you have to walk on the tracks?

  • 44 yep // Nov 27, 2010 at 6:04 pm


    then why the ‘big blue’

    who else is there? some other second rate school you went to?

  • 45 yep // Nov 27, 2010 at 6:06 pm


    love the name-calling.

    what grade are you in?

  • 46 Silver // Nov 27, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    I wasn’t there, so there’s no way I could actually know what happened, or what was going on inside this person’s head. Regardless, it was a tragedy. It’s best just to leave it at that.

  • 47 Anonymous // Nov 27, 2010 at 6:19 pm


    Big Blue is the nickname of a professional football team that came here and whooped the seahawks.

    Actually went to a second-rate school that ranks (and has always ranked) higher than any school in this state, commonly referred to as a “sub-ivy”..

  • 48 yep // Nov 27, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    you mean the same team that Mike Vick & co. trounced last week?

    oh yeah!

    don’t think much of the schools in this state either–glad we agree on something!

  • 49 gobigblue // Nov 27, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    a game that ends 27-17, during which the giants held a lead and had a 4th quarter game-tying drive stifled by a fumble is a trouncing?

    do i need to explain football to like i explained fraction?

    a trouncing is a game that ends 41-7 and was NEVER close.

  • 50 Paltmail // Nov 27, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    In a word Yes.

  • 51 fat-cat // Nov 27, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Never walk on the tracks. Simple rule, obey it.

  • 52 fat-cat // Nov 27, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    Totally agree, that kid who drove into the taco time was CRUNKKKKKK

  • 53 sven // Nov 27, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Your all fucking idiots.

  • 54 Anonymous // Nov 29, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    I Love You As Well!

  • 55 Guest // Nov 30, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    I was not friends with the woman who was hit by this train. But she was very close to people that I love and respect. It saddens me that our community members can’t refrain from their judgments on one person’s tragic loss of life. Does it help the facts if you call her names or place judgment on her decisions? She’s dead now.

    Many people in our community, and smaller communities within the community, are mourning the loss of their friend, their sister, their teacher, their colleague. She was loved by many, many people. I’m ashamed to think I share a community with so many cold individuals ready to lay judgment – and without facts of the situation – on someone already gone. Shame on you.

  • 56 ranbarton // Dec 1, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    Has the victim been identified? One article indicated she was 41, but no name was given.

  • 57 Sss // Dec 3, 2010 at 5:22 am

    She was a beautiful woman who, while surround by friends, made the decision to not carry on with a difficult past. She had a large community of friends, was a caregiver and friend to many. She will be so missed by all of us who know and love her. For those of you who didn’t know her, better not to judge.

  • 58 guest // Dec 3, 2010 at 5:43 am

    She was a beautiful person and friend to so many. It was a tragic and unfortunate decision she made. I would encourage all of us to see the preciousness of those we love and the realize we can be left without them at any moment. ….we turn around and find they are gone. But our love remains.

  • 59 Her Friend // Dec 4, 2010 at 8:41 am

    I am also a friend of hers, and I don’t think it was intentional. She was an incredibly free spirit and often times oblivious to danger. This allowed for a lovely, full life for her. I am glad she was able to experience as much as she was in her short ife. She was a bright being and I’ll always remember her…

  • 60 Guest // Dec 7, 2010 at 6:28 am

    Just to let it be known – I was on that train, and they laid on the horn for a very long time, I find it very hard to believe that you could not hear that even with headphones on. The train was a pretty long one, we had four engines and based on being on the train, I’m sure the tracks would have been shaking as well. My heart goes out to friends and family of the victim, but I really have no sympathy for her.

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