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A fatal accident at a northeast Minneapolis rail yard killed an employee who was unloading track material Monday, reports indicate.

WCCO says a train on another track struck the material that was being unloaded, causing it to fall on the worker.

FOX 9 reports the worker was an employee of BNSF railroad, who was pinned under equipment for hours while a recovery effort was underway.

It was reported at around 11:45 a.m. on tracks near Harrison St. NE. and Spring St. NE., near the Lush Food Bar, the FOX reports.

KARE 11 photographer Gary Knox spoke to witness David Flugge who said he "heard a thud" and the next thing he knew, someone was "buried under rail equipment."

The Star Tribune says the victim was part of an eight-person crew working at the yard. The Hennepin County medical examiner removed the body and will investigate the death, the newspaper reports.

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