Two die after being hit by a lightweight rail prepare in Seattle

Two people trapped under a light rail train in Seattle were freed. Both victims died from their injuries.

SEATTLE – Two people were killed after being hit by a light rail train in Seattle’s Columbia City neighborhood.

The accident was reported near Martin Luther King Jr.Way South and South Alaska Streets at around 6:30 p.m. on Friday. The pedestrians crossed during a “Don’t Walk” signal, according to Seattle police.

The Seattle Fire Department rescued the two people trapped under the train.

One victim was a 76-year-old woman who was pronounced dead at the scene. The other was a 66-year-old man who died of his injuries at Harborview Medical Center.

Light rail passengers described a sudden stop followed by a huge emergency response.

“People outside were very excited and panicked and it quickly became clear that something was really wrong,” said Alison Duvall, who was riding the light rail when the victims were hit.

The Seattle Police Department said detectives from the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad are investigating.

According to Sound Transit, Link’s light rail traffic has resumed as usual.

This is breaking news. Check back for updates.

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