Vigil for man killed by train focused on safety

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on June 22, 2013 at 11:20 AM

A vigil was held Friday for a man killed by a train in Sumner.

Roy Patrick was just 35 years old when he was struck and killed. Friday was the third anniversary of his death.
 
Each year, Patrick's sister spends the day making sure others know how important it is to be safe around trains.

"Those trains are faster than you can imagine. Before you know it, they're on you. People need to realize that danger is really real,” said Dawn Welch. "I just hope that this will help at least one person change their mind about taking a quick short cut. It's not worth it. It really isn't.

The Federal Railway Administration estimates about 500 people a year are killed when they are trespassing on or next to railroad tracks.  That's the equivalent of two large plane crashes.
 

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