UPDATED: Amtrak passenger train strikes, kills two; deceased identified; deaths ruled suicide

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office

Posted: March 27-29, 2016



UPDATE (Tuesday, March 29, 2016, 8:49 a.m.) -- DECEASED IDENTIFIED; DEATHS RULED SUICIDE

The two people struck by a train on March 27, 2016, south of Oregon City, OR have been identified as Shaun M. Beaty, 36, of Beaverton OR and Kirstine M. Fields, 49, of Beaverton OR. Following the investigation, which included viewing video evidence, the deaths have been ruled a suicide by the Clackamas County Medical Examiner's office.

EARLIER (March 27, 2016, 12:50 p.m.)

Amtrak train stopped on tracksOn March 27, 2016 at approximately 11 a.m., deputies from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to the report of two people struck by a train south of Oregon City, OR.

When deputies arrived on scene they found two people deceased next to the train tracks. The train involved in the collision was able to stop safely north of the location and there have been no reported injuries from any of the passengers or crew.

The train involved was Amtrak passenger train #506 traveling from Eugene to Portland and then on to Seattle, WA. At this time it is unknown how many passengers are on-board the train. Amtrak is making arrangements for the passengers to continue on to their destinations.

The train tracks are owned and maintained by the Union Pacific Railroad. Law Enforcement representatives from Amtrak and Union Pacific Railroad are on scene and assisting with the investigation. Initial interviews suggest this was a suicide. A Clackamas County Deputy Medical Examiner is on scene and investigating.

There is no impact to vehicle traffic in the area. The location this occurred is in an area parallel to Highway 99E and it is closed to pedestrians. As a reminder it is a crime to walk on or next to the train tracks.

The names of the two deceased will not be released at this time due to the active investigation and the need to notify next-of-kin.

Inquiries regarding the transfer of the passengers and train traffic delays should be referred to Amtrak.


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Sergeant Brian Jensen
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office