Woman killed by train in Kennewick

KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Kennewick police say a woman was killed after she was hit by a train Monday afternoon. Officers tell KEPR Melinda Williams, 50, was walking with Samuel Frank, 47, along the tracks near the 4200 block of West Canal Drive, near Volland and Perry. They were both hit by the train and Williams was killed.

One resident who lives near the scene says there should be fences around the tracks, "It's been a concern of ours since the get-go, so we're just going to keep doing things like we are, keeping the gate locked and keeping a close eye on our son", said Paul Wick.

Frank had a severe arm injury and his arm may have been severed. A belt was used as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding. Police say the pair was walking a dog at the time. The dog survived. It's not yet clear why the two were on the tracks. Police say this is trespassing and they expected to investigate most of the evening.

News release on the incident:
On October 21st at 4:09 pm, a passing motorist stopped to help an injured man who was bleeding from a severe injury to his arm in the 4200 blk of W Canal Dr. The victim told the motorist that he had been struck by a train and that his female companion had also been struck by the train. The male victim was identified as Samuel Frank. He was transported to the Trios Emergency Department in Kennewick.
The adult female was found deceased under the train.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe train officials arrived on scene and worked together with Kennewick Police investigators and the Benton County Coroner to investigate the scene.

At this point it appears that the couple was on the train tracks and did not get off the tracks in time before getting struck by the eastbound train. It is unknown at this time why they were trespassing on the railroad tracks.

We will be coordinating our next press release tomorrow with the Benton County Coroner after positive identification is made and next of kin is completed.