Ferry and commuter trains delayed after train sideswipes truck in Edmonds

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

The aftermath of the truck-tanker car collision Tuesday morning
Photo courtesy Edmonds police

From MyEdmondsNews.com

Ferry and commuter train service were both delayed and vehicle traffic to and from the Edmonds waterfront was blocked on both Dayton and Main Streets after a truck was sideswiped while driving on a private access road Tuesday morning, Edmonds police said.

The truck — driven by an 82-year-old Edmonds man — was traveling southbound on the road at 5:04am when it was hit by a southbound tanker train, Edmonds police spokesperson Sgt. Shane Hawley said. Following the incident, the driver was able to get out of the vehicle, then walked to nearby Dayton Street, where police found him. There were no signs of impairment, but police don’t know why the man was driving along the tracks, Hawley added.

The man was transported to Harborview Medical Center but his injuries did not appear to be life threatening, South County Fire spokesperson Leslie Hynes said.

The private access road is one of two that run along either side of the railroad tracks from Daley Street southbound, and is owned by BNSF. The road on the east side ends at Woodway, but the gravel road on the west side — on which the man was traveling — ends after about 1,200 feet, Hawley explained. That is where the truck was stopped when the train arrived, sideswiping his vehicle.

The train blocked access to the Washington State ferries Edmonds-Kingston terminal, causing delays in early-morning sailings, and also resulted in delays to Sounder commuter train service. Following an investigation into the incident and track inspection, the train was moved at 7:04am, and ferry, train and vehicle traffic resumed.


alicia_louise February 4, 2020 at 6:59 PM  

I posted this on facebook already but I have to post it here as well in the hopes that an editor with the understanding of physics might step in and correct it. In an incident with a vehicle and a train where speed is not a factor, it is always the fault of the operator of the vehicle as the train cannot change course. The best a train operator can do is slow down. To write a headline that implicates the train as being at fault & through reading this article doing so multiple times is sloppy & shows a bias towards the driver vs the facts. The 82 year old driver of the vehicle sideswiped the train. A pickup truck sideswiped the train. This article requires correction.

DKH February 4, 2020 at 11:09 PM  

From Edmonds police:"#UPDATE Vehicle was struck after driving down the private access road adjacent to the tracks. S/B tanker train sideswiped vehicle and driver of vehicle walked out to Dayton St. where Officers found him, an 82 y.o male from Edmonds. Investigation ongoing. (JM)"

I'm sure the police investigators will have different conclusions than the first officers on the scene. If they publish those conclusions, I'll share them. - DKH

Pat D February 6, 2020 at 10:18 AM  

Did the responding agencies publish what the product was that was in the rail cars, or if any of the rail cars were damaged to a point that product may have spilled?

DKH February 7, 2020 at 4:36 AM  

According to follow up articles, the truck was stopped at the end of the road and obviously too close to the tracks. The train sideswiped the truck where it was sitting.

DKH February 7, 2020 at 4:40 AM  

Nothing was spilled and there was no major damage. The delay was due to the investigation.

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