Two people were hit by trains in Minnesota Wednesday, including a boy who seriously injured his leg.
In that incident, the Detroit Lakes Police Department says the boy was crossing the railroad tracks along Highway 10 between Corbett and Jackson avenues around 4:26 p.m. when a westbound train hit him.
The train sounded its bells and hors, but the boy apparently didn't hear the train.
The 13-year-old suffered a serious injury to his leg, but he was conscious and alert when he was taken to the hospital.
In another incident, which happened around 3:14 a.m. Wednesday near Highway 10 and 60th Avenue in Cushing Township, 35-year-old Kyle Schiltz of Sauk Centre was fatally struck by a train, the Morrison County Sheriff's Office said in an email.
Operation Lifesaver – a nonprofit that educates and raises awareness about railroad safety – says the number of people killed while trespassing on railroad tracks went up by 12.8 percent nationally last year, which officials are calling concerning, a news release says.
Federal Railroad Association (FRA) statistics show there were 994 pedestrian-rail trespassing incidents in the U.S. in 2016, including 511 fatalities, Operation Lifesaver says. In Minnesota last year, there were nine trespassing incidents, four of which were fatal.
Those figures don't include any incidents that happened at highway-rail crossings. Last year in Minnesota, there were 37 highway-rail incidents, including six that were fatal, FRA statistics show. Nationally, there were 2,025 collisions at railroad crossings, including 265 fatalities.
The FRA and Operation Lifesaver said last month they'll be working to address safety challenges associated with trains to help prevent deaths and injuries.
For more information on Operation Lifesaver in Minnesota, click here.