Man Rescued After Being Trapped 18 hours in Rail Car

February 4—Seattle Firefighters rescued a 25-year-old man trapped in a void space on a train car this morning.

Around 8:15 a.m., walkers along the Burke Gillman Trail heard a man screaming for help in the 6200 block of Seaview Avenue NW. The good Samaritans called 911. When firefighter arrived, they found the patient head first down a narrow steel chute. The man’s head was popping out through the bottom of the chute underneath the train. The man’s feet were popping out of the top of the chute. The patient explained he was trapped in this confined space for 18 hours.

It took about two minutes to free the man. Eventually firefighters were able to carefully lift the man up by his legs to get him out of his precarious position. The man did not have any visible injuries. Medics transported him to Swedish Ballard to be evaluated.

The dry goods rail tanker car was located on a short section of track that was used for railcar storage.