Commuter train kills man on tracks

A Sound Transit commuter train struck and killed a man on the tracks Tuesday morning near Puyallup.

Spokesman Bruce Gray says a Sounder heading from Seattle to Tacoma hit the pedestrian shortly before 7 a.m., but the crew did not see anything. The body was spotted minutes later by a northbound train.

Gray says evidence of the accident was found on the southbound train when it arrived in Tacoma. The following Sounder run from Tacoma to Seattle was canceled and passengers were bused.

The tracks, owned by Burlington Northern Santa Fe, have been reopened.

Puyallup police and the Pierce County medical examiner’s office are investigating what the man was doing on the tracks.