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A 30-year-old man was sitting on the railroad tracks near Kamiakin High School when a train hit him early Monday.
Travis Lepoidevin of Kennewick didn’t respond to the blaring of the train’s horn by BNSF employees, said Kennwick police.
He was hit at 4:50 a.m. near the intersection of Edison Street and Metaline Avenue.
The freight train was heading east with 60 cars. The street crossing bars and signal lights appeared to be working properly, according to witnesses.
Lepoidevin died at Trios Southridge Hospital, said officials.
The train blocked Edison Street for a few hours and traffic was diverted while officers investigated. The street reopened by 8 a.m.
The death remains under investigation. No autopsy is planned but lab tests are planned, said Benton County Coroner John Hansens.