Emergency crews were dispatched to East Beach early Saturday after a pedestrian was struck by a freight train.

Train victim identified

Surrey resident Kerry Gordon Foss has been identified as the man who died on East Beach tracks early May 16.

A man struck and killed earlier this month on waterfront tracks just north of the Peace Arch border has been identified by the B.C. Coroners Service as Surrey resident Kerry Gordon Foss.

Foss, 32, was struck by a southbound freight train in the 16000-block of Beach Road, at about 2:30 a.m. May 16. He died at the scene.

Coroner Barb McLintock said Monday the inquiry into the incident is still in “quite preliminary stages,” and classification of it “remains to be determined.”

Police and railway officials said at the time of the incident that it is unclear why the victim was on the tracks.

According to BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas, the train crew spotted Foss, went into emergency-braking procedures and blasted repeating warning signals – to no avail.

“He was not responding,” Melonas told Peace Arch News.

Foss’s death was the third fatality on the local railway in the past decade.

 

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