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Freight train hits, kills man in Brainerd

The individual was hit by the train around 9 a.m. Thursday.
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A freight train hit and killed a pedestrian in Brainerd on Thursday. 

According to Brainerd Police Department, the individual was struck by a BNSF train near the rail crossing near Laurel and Fourth streets around 9 a.m. 

Police say the victim, a 66-year-old Brainerd man, was found approximately 100 yards from the crossing. 

The Brainerd Dispatch reports the train operator told police Chief Mike Bestul that he "observed a man walking toward the tracks, get onto the tracks and into the path of the train." 

“An incident like this is traumatic for everyone involved, including the train crew,” a spokesperson for BNSF said in a statement. “Trains cannot stop quickly and cannot swerve from the tracks.”

The victim's identity has not been released. 

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