One Dead After Driver Strikes Train and Tries to Flee Responding Police
Kent, WA: At around 2:30 a.m., Kent Police was advised of a vehicle vs train collision at the railroad crossing of South 212th and 77th Avenue South. While responding, it was reported the vehicle went around the railroad crossing arms and struck the train.
While units were responding, the vehicle fled westbound on South 212th away from the scene.
A responding Kent Police Officer spotted the vehicle on South 212th crossing 48th towards Orillia Road and attempted to stop it. The vehicle attempted to take off and not stop. The officer performed a Pursuit Intervention Technique or P.I.T. to stop the vehicle.
When the vehicle was finally stopped in the 4200 block of Orillia Road, police were forced to deploy a taser on the driver.
Once the driver was taken into custody, police found a female passenger unconscious in the passenger seat with injuries to the face area.
Officers removed her from the vehicle and started life-saving measures while calling for paramedics.
Sadly, the efforts were not successful and the female was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Kent Police are still investigating what caused the driver to drive around the railroad crossing and strike the train before fleeing.