By Caleb Hutton
A man struck by an Amtrak train near Boulevard Park died of his injuries early Tuesday, March 19.
The man crossed over a chain-link fence north of Boulevard Park at 10 a.m. Sunday as a passenger train clacked north at 35 mph, said Bellingham Police Sgt. Ken Brown.
From the gravel alongside the tracks, the man waved and smiled at the conductor. Then he leaned forward into the train’s path.
Police never saw him regain consciousness. Authorities doubted his chances at survival.
The man died at 1 a.m. Tuesday. He was identified as Joshua Paul Cutler, 34, a man with a long history of schizophrenia, according to the Whatcom County Medical Examiner’s Office. His death was ruled a suicide.
Legal records show Cutler had been a resident of the Bellingham area for more than a decade.