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Two People Hit by Yakima Train

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YAKIMA, WA. -- Two people are in the hospital Tuesday after they were hit by a train Tuesday afternoon in Yakima.

It was a chaotic scene as emergency responders scrambled to help the two injured people. Officials have now released their names. They are 38-year-old Jason Miller and 28-year-old Tabitha Hollowell.

Paramedics were on the scene just minutes after the accident and immediately began treatment on Miller and Hollowell. Miller could be heard screaming in pain as first responders gave first aid. 

With accidents like this, every moment counts as the two were rushed to the ambulance and taken to Yakima Regional Hospital. The fire department says people should take extra precautions whenever they go near train tracks.

"The train takes a long time to stop," Ted Vander Houwen of the Yakima Fire Department said. "Once you see danger, it takes long time to stop that much weight. The trains do have the right away, they do not have the ability to stop as fast as cars can or to steer."

Police say Miller and Hollowell tried to outrun the train on a bridge over the Naches River. But the bridge didn't have much room to escape. The train was reportedly going slow when it hit the two, who rolled off the side after they were hit.

Both the Miller and Hollowell were reportedly conscious in the hospital. Miller has a cracked pelvis and Hollowell suffered just minor injuries. Both are lucky it wasn't worse.

It's unclear why the two were on the bridge, but officials tell us they were homeless and living in the area. A train official said this is an on-going problem.