ELLENSBURG, Wash. - A Yakima woman was struck and killed by a train early Thursday morning.
Deputies believe Ashley Guthrie, 31, had fallen asleep right next to the railroad tracks about three miles south of Ellensburg around 1 a.m.
A witness said she woke up suddenly as the train approached and was trying to stand up when it struck her. It appears she was hit by a steel ladder attached to the train.
A preliminary investigation shows drugs or alcohol were likely a factor.
Kittitas County Undersheriff Clay Myers said, “It saddens me to see another life so tragically impacted by drugs and alcohol in our community. Our heartfelt prayers go out to the family.”
The cause of the death has been ruled accidental. Deputies are still investigating.