Sheriff's office: Teens didn't stop at railroad crossing and were hit by a train

Authorities say the truck the teens were in drove through a stop sign.
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Three teenagers were involved in a train crash in northeast Minnesota Saturday.

According to a news release from the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office, the accident happened around 4 p.m. on Skibo Road near Pine Street in Bassett Township. The teens were traveling westbound in a pick up truck when it was struck by a Canadian train.

A 19-year-old male from Virginia, 18-year-old male from Hoyt Lakes, and a 14-year-old juvenile were in the truck. The release does not mention which teen was driving.

All three teens were injured in the crash and taken to Northern Pines Hospital. The extent of their injuries is not known at this time.

Officials say it appears the truck didn't stop at the tracks, and drove through a stop sign. The incident is still being investigated.

The sheriff's office told GoMN this intersection has a stop sign only – it does not have an electronic controlled arm like some other railroad crossings.

Train deaths

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 are working to address safety challenges associated with trains to help prevent deaths and injuries.

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