An 18-year-old woman was killed and her male companion injured Sunday evening when they were struck by a southbound Amtrak Train near Titlow Beach.
The accident took place about 6:30 p.m. on the railroad tracks at the end of 6th Avenue, north of Steamer’s Seafood Café.
Two people, a man and a woman, were taken to a hospital, according to Tacoma Fire Deputy Chief Dan Crotty. The woman later died.
The man’s condition was not available late Sunday.
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Passengers aboard the Amtrak sat staring out their windows. Others stepped off the train for fresh air, anticipating a long wait.
Rob Zeller, a Portland man who was riding in the fifth car from the back, said he heard a thump and then the airbrakes screech on.
A call for all medical personnel went out on the train so Zeller, who has partially completed EMT classes, rushed outside.
He says a man was floating facedown in the water and a woman lay on the gravel path between the tracks and the water. Zeller helped pull the male victim out of the water so a doctor could perform CPR.
Officials have not released the circumstances leading up to the couple being hit. Witnesses said the victims were standing on the southbound tracks watching a northbound freight train pass and did not hear the approaching Amtrak.
According to a Tacoma police spokesman, the couple had been putting coins on the tracks.