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UPDATE: Sounder Train Hits Semi in Edmonds; No Injuries Are Reported

Truck driver says GPS system wrongly directed him to Edmonds ferry terminal.

Updated at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday with new information from the Edmonds Police Department.

No one was injured today when a Sounder Northline Train collided with a semi-truck just before 7 a.m. today at the Main Street and Railroad Avenue crossing at the ferry dock in Edmonds.

More than 90 people were aboard the southbound train.

Investigators determined that a westbound tractor-trailer rig pulled across the railroad tracks at Main Street in error. As the driver of the truck began backing off the tracks, the southbound Sounder Train, #1703, was approaching Edmonds for its scheduled stop at the Edmonds station. 

The driver of the truck did not clear the tracks before the inbound train could come to a complete stop. The engine of the train collided with the front of the truck, just forward of the steering axle.

The front of the TGR Transport Link semi was sheared off.

King 5 reports that the truck driver said he was using GPS to get to his company headquarters but was directed to the Edmonds ferry terminal.

When he was on the tracks, the driver told police he tried to back up, but the truck got caught on the crossing arm.

Sound Transit crew safely unloaded all Sounder passengers following the collision. Alternate transportation was provided to the departing passengers while the train was held at the scene for further investigation.

At about 10:15 a.m. Burlington Northern Railroad reopened the tracks for scheduled rail transportation. Edmonds Police reopened the surrounding roadways at 10:43 a.m.

The collision investigation is being conducted by Edmonds Police Department.

All Sounder Northline trains will resume service on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 16.

Priya Sinha October 16, 2012 at 03:17 PM
I was at the bus stop on Dayton and 5th at 6:50 am when we saw the paramedics buzz by and the helicopter over head, The accident must have happened sometime before 6:50am as we did not hear any crash. Glad to heat no one was injured.
Tere Ryder October 16, 2012 at 04:40 PM
We were at that spot doing our usual morning walk.......The railroad crossing arm was down and in-be-tween the (in the reticulated section) cab and cargo section for the truck when we got there. It looked to us like the arm had already started coming down on the truck as the truck was under it, although we were not there upon impact or when it started unfolding Looking at the whole of the crushed/mangled front of the truck, this could have certainly been a major catastrophe.....So glad nobody was hurt Also, glad it wasn't a COAL TRAIN, which would have left much coal on the tracks and thereabouts in this type of accident. In regards to this huge truck being a freight truck heading back to its "company headquarters"....I hope this isn't just the beginning of the Edmonds "transportation hub" we can look forward to.
Kimberly Gauthier October 16, 2012 at 05:01 PM
I was on the train this morning when it hit the semi. It just felt like we rain over something on the tracks and then the train stopped and went dark. We were warned about delays and I thought it was just a delay until I kept hearing the news that we'd hit a semi. I was impressed at how quickly Sounder came in and got us off the train, on our own bus, and off to work. Kimberly
Brian Soergel October 16, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Kimberly: Glad everything OK on your end.
Brian Soergel October 16, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Tere: Great comments, especially about the possibility of a coal train accident.
Tom October 16, 2012 at 05:44 PM
A truck with a trailer that long would never be at that intersection on purpose. Once he was on Main he was stuck, there isn't any corner he could have cleared with a trailer that long. By the time he got to the tracks there was nowhere to go... Wouldn't make the left and couldn't go strait. This was purely a lost driver that panicked, allowed his tractor to be on the tracks and couldn't go anywhere. Can't trust gps with a truck that size. Trucks this size will never travel through downtown regularly they can't make any of the corners....
Brian Soergel October 16, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Tom: I remember when paper maps were all the rage.
Tom October 16, 2012 at 06:04 PM
I do too Brian... Haha... I sure would be using one in an unfamiliar town with 53' of trailer behind me... Gps doesn't take that into account...
Amanda October 17, 2012 at 06:21 PM
I was waiting for the train at Edmonds station when this happened. The 6:41 train was already 15 min. late because of water on the tracks and wind in Mukilteo, which caused the train to go slower. We saw the train coming and the arms went down, then we heard the sound of the train hitting the truck and everyone waiting said, "That didn't sound so good!"

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