- Associated Press - Saturday, May 9, 2015

SILVANA, Wash. (AP) - A 17-year-old girl was struck and killed by a freight train in Silvana.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe spokesman Gus Melonas says the girl and another female were on a trestle about 20 feet above a slough shortly after 3 p.m. Saturday when a train approached.

The train blew its horn and applied the emergency brake. Melonas says one girl jumped to safety, but the other was struck.

The Seattle Times reports (https://bit.ly/1JXO6zc) the train was traveling from Portland, Oregon, to Vancouver, British Columbia, and was going about 40 mph. After the train stopped, the crew attempted CPR on the girl.

Melonas says this is the ninth death on BNSF tracks in Washington this year. He says venturing onto railroad property is illegal.


Information from: The Seattle Times, https://www.seattletimes.com

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