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Two killed by freight train in Washington


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(CNN) -- A Union Pacific freight train struck and killed at least two people walking across a bridge in southern Washington state Monday afternoon, a train official said.

Six people -- two adults and four juveniles -- were walking across a bridge over the Lewis River near the town of Woodland when the train came rolling down the tracks around 3:30 p.m. (6:30 p.m. ET).

Union Pacific spokesman John Bromley said two of the pedestrians were killed. It was not immediately clear if children were among the fatalities.

One person was missing, said a dispatcher for the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Department.

Bromley said he was not sure if anyone jumped overboard when the train approached, or if there were other injuries.

Police declined comment, saying only they were dealing with an incident involving a train.

Video from the scene showed boats searching the water, and dozens of police vehicles lined a nearby street.

The Lewis River runs off of the Columbia River in southwestern Washington. The scene of the accident was about three miles south of Woodland, a town of about 3,700.


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