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Minnesota woman, 70, killed by train in western Wisconsin

Reports say she was on her way to go fishing with a family member.

A Minnesota woman was killed this weekend at a railway crossing in western Wisconsin.

Reports indicate the collision happened in the town of Alma, Buffalo County, on Saturday afternoon.

According to a News 8000 report, the woman has been identified as 70-year-old Albert Lea resident Linda Sanden.

The station says an eastbound Burlington Northern Santa Fe train approached the area, and though the crew saw Sanden on the tracks and "made efforts to warn" her and stop the train, she was struck just after 12:20 p.m.

At the time, Sanden was making her way across the tracks with a family member to go fishing, and was carrying fishing gear, KSTP notes. 

First responders found her along the tracks "with fatal injuries," the station says.

According to a statistical analysis of fatal train accidents, there were 937 train-related fatalities in the U.S. last year — a jump of over a hundred deaths from the year before. 

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