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UPDATE: So it turns out that pipe bomb found at the scene of the fatality was "just a strange coincidence." More after the jump.

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Woman Killed on Train Tracks in Seattle (Was Not) Holding Pipe Bomb

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UPDATE: So it turns out that pipe bomb found at the scene of the fatality was "just a strange coincidence." More after the jump.

Details are still few on this one, but what we have so far is that an unidentified woman was killed on the train tracks near Carkeek Park in Seattle a few hours ago. And after she was struck, a "pipe-bomb-like device with a fuse" was found near her body.

That's the fourth train-pedestrian fatality in the Seattle area this month.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight company operates the tracks. BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas tells Seattle Weekly that the woman was seen by the train operators walking on the tracks and that she appeared to be moving to the side, but just before the train got to her, she crouched down.

"There appeared to be an explosive pipe-bomb device with a fuse nearby," Melonas tells us, just before leaving to head to the scene. "Police and the bomb squad are on the scene."

Seattle Police Sgt. Sean Whitcomb confirmed the incident on the department's blog, writing:

A suspicious device was discovered near the body. Out of an abundance of caution, Seattle Police Arson/Bomb Squad detectives have responded to the scene to investigate and render the device safe.

The train itself was a 63-car vehicle en route from Chicago to Tacoma and Melonas says the train operators blew their whistles repeatedly before the train hit the woman.

We'll update as more details are released.

UPDATE: This just in from SPD:

ABS detectives were able to examine the device and determined that it had been there for some time, possibly even left over from the Fourth of July. It is unlikely that the device would have done any damage to the tracks or train. ABS detectives removed the device and will examine and dispose of it.

There is no connection between the victim and the device. It was just a strange coincidence. TCIS detectives will handle the fatality collision investigation.

So that's it. You are now free to not give a shit about this dead person again.

NOTE: I realize that that last line was inartfully written. What I meant by "not give a shit" has to do with the police freaking out about the suicide when they thought the woman had a bomb, and then telling everyone, "oh, never mind" when they found out she didn't.

I apologize for not conveying that point well.

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