Woman killed by streetcar at Mount Baker station

A woman was killed by a light rail on Sunday afternoon in Seattle after becoming trapped between the platform and the train at Mount Baker Station, the Seattle Fire Department said.

The incident happened around 1:30 p.m. Sunday, disrupting train service between Beacon Hill, Mount Baker and Columbia City, Sound Transit said.

“There was a person on the platform, I don’t know how it happened, but they ended up between the platform and the train at the station,” said Rachelle Cunningham, spokeswoman for Sound Transit.

The Seattle Fire Department, which responded to the scene, said the woman was “trapped” and was extracted and assessed by paramedics before being pronounced dead at the scene.

“Passengers should expect system-wide delays for some time,” Sound Transit wrote Sunday afternoon.

Shuttles are replacing light rail service at Beacon Hill Station, Mount Baker Station and Columbia City Station, until an investigation is completed, Cunningham said.

Get on and off buses at:
Martin Luther King Jr Way S & S Edmunds St (northbound)
Rainier Ave S & S Forest St (northbound)
Beacon Ave S & S Lander St (northbound)
Beacon Ave S & S Lander St (southbound)
Rainier Ave S & S Forest St (southbound)
Martin Luther King Jr Way S&S Alaska St (southbound)

Mount Baker Station is the last raised platform before a four-mile stretch of light rail where tracks have been constructed on the surface of Martin Luther King Jr. Way South. There, trains mingle with cars, trucks, bicycles and pedestrians, unlike most 24-mile lines where the tracks are raised or cut.

Since beginning service in mid-2009, trains have struck a vehicle, person or object 136 times on MLK Way tracks and four at MLK Way stations.

In this area, the most dangerous stretch of the line, eight people were killed and around 54 injured on MLK Way, records show.

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Jose P. Rogers