Reports: Man in Winona dies attempting to crawl under train


A man has died in Winona after trying to crawl under a stationary train, only to be run over when it started moving.

Winona County Sheriff Paul Bostrack confirmed to ABC 6 a 63-year-old man, identified as Randolph Tofstad of Winona, died after being struck by a train at a crossing in South Baker Street at 2 a.m. Friday.

A Canadian Pacific train had stopped on the southbound track to drop cars off and the safety arms were down at the crossing, the TV station said.

It was then, the Post Bulletin reports, that Tofstad tried to cross the tracks underneath the train before it started moving, trapping him beneath the wheels.

Police told the newspaper that people who had contact with Tofstad before he died suggested that "alcohol could be a factor."

According to News8000, Tofstad is said to have lived near the crossing, and police say he was most likely trying to get home at the time.

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