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Identities of Kennewick Train Victims Released

Couple struck by train Monday in Kennewick
(Video still courtesy of YouTube)

The identity of a 47-year-old man struck by a train Monday afternoon has been released.

Samuel Frank, whose last known address was in Kennewick was spotted by a passing motorist on Canal Drive near Volland Street just after 4 p.m. He was bleeding profusely from a severe arm injury. Frank reportedly told the driver he’d been struck by an eastbound train. He also said his female companion had been hit as well.

Her body was found underneath the train; she was pronounced dead at the scene. She is 50-year-old Melinda D. Williams of Kennewick. Frank was taken to Trios Health Center (formerly KGH).

Unconfirmed reports indicate his arm may have been partially amputated by the impact.

Kennewick police are continuing to investigate along with Burlington Northern officials, trying to figure out why they were trespassing on the tracks and why they did not get off the tracks as the train approached.

Reports indicate the conductor blew the locomotive’s  horn repeatedly.

The train sat for a number of hours while authorities investigated and gathered evidence.  The railroad crossing at Edison was closed and detours were in place for some time.

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