Kent cyclist hit and killed by passenger train

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on May 11, 2011 at 2:33 PM

KENT, Wash. -- A bicyclist was wearing headphones when he was hit and killed by a passenger train on Tuesday night, police said.

The collision occurred at 9:17 p.m. at the West Gowe Street railroad crossing in downtown Kent

Witnesses reported seeing the bicyclist traveling east on Gowe Street, bypass the downed traffic control gates at the intersection and travel onto the crossing. At that moment the train entered the crossing and the collision occurred, police said.

Witnesses found the cyclist and his bicycle lying alongside the track after the train cleared the crossing.

The man was identified as Lonnie D. Moss, 47, of Kent.

The Gowe Street crossing is equipped with large, light-reflective gates, as well as red flashing signals and audible bells, police said.

"It is extremely important that motorists, pedestrians, and cyclist not take rail crossing safety for granted and obey the signals," said Kent Police Lieutenant Pat Lowery.

At the time of the collision, Moss was wearing a helmet and radio headphones.

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