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Person hit, killed by freight train in St. Cloud

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A pedestrian was hit and killed by a freight train in St. Cloud Thursday morning, according to multiple media reports.

The incident happened around 7 a.m. near the train crossing at Seventh Street Southeast, the St. Cloud Times says. The person was found on the east side of the tracks. No other information about the person has been released.

Two train crossings – the Seventh Street crossing and the crossing at East St. Germain Street – were closed for a few hours because the eastbound freight train, with three locomotives pulling 100 crude oil cars, had stopped and blocked vehicle traffic, the Star Tribune says.

An Amtrak train carrying passengers also stopped as it waited for the freight train to move. It was delayed 1 hour and 40 minutes, according to the Star Tribune.

Train traffic resumed around 10:30 a.m., the newspaper says.

Nationally, there were 488 pedestrian rail trespass (which means any person accessing railroad property without permission) deaths in 2013, according to Operation Lifesaver. The Federal Railroad Administration says most pedestrians who trespass on railroad tracks use them as a shortcut.

FRA has detailed national trespass fatalities from June 2011 to December 2013 on an interactive map.

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