Woman killed, man hurt by train near Titlow Beach

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.

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.