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Suspected drunk driver survives vehicle-train crash in Dakota County

The sheriff's office is reminding people not to drink and drive.

The Dakota County Sheriff's Office is reminding people not to drink and drive after deputies responded to a vehicle that was parked on the railroad tracks and a train was coming down the tracks.

In a Facebook post, the sheriff's office says the driver survived with only minor injuries, but deputies were not able to clear the vehicle before the train hit. 

The sheriff's office says the driver was suspected of being drunk.

Although this incident of drunk driving didn't result in anyone dying, alcohol is one of the leading causes of deaths on Minnesota roads. Through Oct. 1, 291 people had died in traffic-related incidents this year, including 85 deaths related to alcohol, the state Office of Traffic Safety says.

Meanwhile, nationwide, there were 2,216 vehicle-train collisions in 2019, including 293 fatalities and 807 injuries, Operation Lifesaver says. In Minnesota, there were 46 highway-rail incidents in 2019 and have been 21 so far in 2020, the Federal Railroad Administration notes, including four fatalities in 2019 and one in 2020.

BMTN has reached out to the sheriff's office for more information.

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