An Oregon man who stopped to take a selfie on train tracks along the Kalama River has died after being hit by an Amtrak train. CBS reports that the man was accompanied by a woman on his trek from Tacoma to Portland when the two stopped to take a smoking break.
Cowlitz County Sheriff’s deputy Charlie Rosenzweig told the Oregonian that the man “walked out between the northbound and southbound set of train tracks to pose for pictures as the train passed by him.”
CBS explains, however, that the pair didn’t see a train coming from the south:
The two didn’t realize an Amtrak train was approaching them from the southbound set of tracks, Rosenzweig told The Oregonian. The train struck the man as he posed for the selfie photo. The woman was uninjured in the incident, but the man died at the scene.
A BNSF Railway spokesman said that the man was trespassing. His identity has not yet been revealed.
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