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Man dead after being struck by locomotives near Kalama

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KALAMA, Washington — BNSF Railway says a man is dead after being struck by a locomotive two miles south of Kalama.

Spokesman Gus Melonas says the man was walking on the tracks in a remote area along the Columbia River when the southbound locomotive struck him a little before 1 p.m. Friday. The locomotive was one of two being moved from Kalama to Vancouver.

Melonas says the crew saw the man walking, blew a whistle and applied emergency brakes, but the train hit the man's shoulder.

Eight trains — seven freight and one passenger — were delayed as authorities investigated.

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