Man killed by Amtrak train in Fridley ID'd as 21-year-old

The man, from Coon Rapids, was killed Wednesday morning.
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The man who was killed when he was hit by an Amtrak train in Fridley on Wednesday has been identified as a 21-year-old from Coon Rapids. 

The Anoka County Sheriff's Office identified the victim as Jason Thaddeus Clark on Thursday, but did not release any additional information. 

Officials previously said the pedestrian, who was trespassing on the tracks, died after being struck by an Amtrak Empire Builder passenger train en route to St. Paul from Seattle. 

The incident happened shortly after 7 a.m. Wednesday near the 8200 block of Ashton Avenue Northeast. Amtrak said the collision did not occur at a road crossing. 

None of the 117 passengers or crew who were on the train, which had left from Seattle on Monday, were injured in the incident, Amtrak said.

The incident happened during a week in which Amtrak has been conducting a nationwide safety appeal aimed at reducing injuries and deaths on American railroad tracks.

The rail company says someone is struck by a train in the U.S. every three hours. It also says that a train traveling at 55 mph can take one mile to stop, while at grade crossings, a train will pass through on average about 20 seconds after the lights start flashing.

The Empire Builder connects Chicago with Seattle and Portland with St. Paul's Union Station one of its major stops. It also has station stops in Winona, Red Wing, St. Cloud, Staples, and Detroit Lakes.

The average journey between Chicago and the West Coast takes 46 hours.

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