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Train hits, kills man walking bike on railroad bridge in Minnetonka

The crash happened near Big Willow Park.

A train hit a man who was walking his bike on a railroad bridge Monday night in Minnetonka, killing him. 

The incident happened around 6:15 p.m. on July 12 near Big Willow Park, with investigators saying he was hit by a passing freight train, a city news release says. 

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. He has not yet been identified. 

Burlington Northern Santa Fe confirmed it was a BNSF train that hit the man, noting the incident did not happen at a designated rail crossing. No crew members were injured. 

Train tracks run along the north side of the park, with a small bridge crossing over Minnehaha Creek in the northwest corner of the park. 

There were 1,099 pedestrian-train fatalities and injuries in the U.S. last year, Operation Lifesaver says

In Minnesota, there were eight pedestrian-train deaths in 2020, down from 10 in 2019 and 15 in 2018, the Federal Railroad Administration says

The Minnetonka police and fire departments are investigating the incident and have not released any additional details. 

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