Man struck, killed by Northstar commuter train

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A pedestrian was killed when he was hit by a Northstar commuter train on Monday afternoon, a day when many commuters stayed home because of the Martin Luther King holiday.

The Associated Press reported that the collision happened just west of Elk River at about 4:45 when a man who was walking on the tracks was struck. His identity has not been released.

FOX 9 reports that the Sherburne County Sheriff's Office and Metro Transit Police are investigating. According to officials, the gate arms controlling the intersection were lowered at the time of the collision, and the train came to a stop shortly after striking the victim. Trains and replacement buses were brought in to transfer Northstar commuters to their destination.

KSTP notes that this is the second fatality involving a Northstar train since it began providing rail service in 2009. The other incident occurred in 2010 when a BNSF worker was hit and killed by a Northstar train.

On January 12, a pedestrian was killed in Minneapolis when he was struck by a light rail train. The accident occurred at 42nd St. and Hiawatha Ave. There’s no station there and Metro Transit said the gate arms were down at the intersection and lights were flashing at the time the man was hit.

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