A woman struck by a train was killed Thursday afternoon in Redmond.
The incident occurred near Hemlock Avenue, where the railroad tracks run parallel to U.S. Highway 97, according to Redmond Fire & Rescue Chief Tim Moor. Moor said medical crews were on the scene for less than 10 minutes, as they were unable to provide life-saving treatment.
Redmond Police Lt. Nathan Garibay said police are attempting to contact the woman's family and are not yet ready to release her name.
Gus Melonas, spokesman for the BNSF railroad, said the northbound freight train was traveling from Barstow, Calif., to Pasco, Wash., when it struck the woman at about 2:31 p.m. The crew brought the train to a stop, Melonas said, and the railroad is investigating the incident in cooperation with local law enforcement.
Melonas said it appears the woman was standing about a foot off the edge of the tracks when she was struck. He said it has not been determined how fast the train was traveling or whether the train was decelerating at the time it hit the woman.
Garibay said the investigation blocked the intersection of Hemlock Avenue and the highway for more than two hours. Melonas said the train was cleared to leave at 5:30 p.m., and the stoppage delayed one other train on the BNSF system.