Officials said a Union Pacific Railroad employee died on the railroad tracks in Burbank at 5 a.m. Tuesday.
John P. Schneider, 54, of Spokane Valley, was killed at 5 a.m., close to the Boise Paper mill near U.S. Highway 12.
The incident was still under investigation as of this morning, but it appears Schneider died instantly, said Walla Walla County Coroner Richard Greenwood.
Schneider was part of a work crew but the only person outside the train at the rail switching when he died, Greenwood said.
There were no other injuries in the incident, said Justin Jacobs, a spokesman for Union Pacific, adding he had no further information.This story was first published by the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin.