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Train hits and kills man northwest of Duluth

The 34-year-old man died at the scene.

A man has died in northern Minnesota dead after being struck by a train. 

The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office says the 34 year old was hit by a Canadian National Train around 11:40 p.m. near the 7000 block of Munger Shaw Road in rural St. Louis County, which is about 20 miles northwest of Duluth. 

The man, whose identity is being withheld pending notification of family members, died at the scene. 

The incident is under investigation. 

Just last week, a man from Fridley died when he was hit by a train in Oak Grove. And in mid-May, another man was killed when his mobility scooter got stuck on the tracks in Rochester.  

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According to the Bureau of Transportation, Minnesota had 237 train accidents/incidents in the latest year of reporting (2013), including 11 fatalities and 158 injuries. 

Minnesota State Patrol Sgt. Neil Dickerson recently wrote a blog about railroad safety, noting that it takes a train moving at 50 mph 1 1/2 miles to come to a complete stop, and that by the time a train engineer sees a person or vehicle it is often too late.

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