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Amtrak train strikes, kills man on tracks southeast of St. Cloud

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — An Amtrak train struck and killed a man who was standing on railroad tracks southeast of St. Cloud Friday morning. 

According to the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office, the fatality occurred at around 9 a.m. near 97th Street just south of Clear Lake, which is about 14 miles from St. Cloud. It was not on a railroad crossing. 

Amtrak called it a trespasser incident and said the train was traveling from the west coast to Chicago, Illinois. There were no injuries to the 183 passengers or crew members onboard. 

The train was delayed due to the fatality. 

“These incidents can affect everyone involved—those who are injured or die and their families, our train crews, and our passengers. They also serve as critical reminders about the importance of obeying the law and of exercising extreme caution around railroad tracks and crossings,” Amtrak said. 

Citing the Federal Railroad Administration, Amtrak said trespassing on railroads is the leading cause of rail-related deaths in America. 

Authorities are working on identifying the deceased man. 

Source: CBS Minnesota

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