Railway Takes Over Investigation into Train Accident
Yakima, WA - Two people are in the hospital after a train accident this morning in Yakima.
The train hit a man and a woman was hurt trying to get away.
The accident happened on the Naches River Bridge, a few minutes after eight o'clock in the morning.
Yakima Police say four people were walking across the bridge when the train sounded its horn.
Two men got off the bridge safely, but a woman fell down.
That's when a third man went back to help her up. He pushed her off the bridge, but then the train hit him. Officers say they don't know exactly what they were doing on the bridge.
Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railway has taken over the investigation.
A spokesperson says they won't release any names right now, but we've learned that the 21-year-old woman was taken to a local hospital with a broken leg.
The 26-year-old man has been transferred to Harbourview Medical Center. We're told his injuries are serious, but not life threatening.
A BNSF spokesperson says the train was going between 10 and 15 miles an hour when it struck the man.
These two victims as well as the two other men who were on the bridge could face trespassing charges.
BNSF says there have been nine trespassing deaths in Washington State this year. Three months ago, a train hit a 14-year-old boy in Union Gap, but he survived.