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Witness: Person struck, killed by train while trying to save dog near Woodland

A person and a dog were killed after being struck by a train on a span commonly known as the Ghost Bridge near Woodland on Tuesday, according to a news release from the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies were dispatched to a report of an Amtrak train striking a pedestrian at 1:12 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29, at 4399 Dike Road at the bridge, which crosses the Lewis River between Cowlitz and Clark counties.

"Deputies responded and determined the pedestrian was struck by a southbound Amtrak train while walking southbound on the bridge," the sheriff's office stated in the release. "A witness indicated that the person was hit while attempting to save a dog, which was on the tracks. Both the individual and the dog were declared deceased at the scene."

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