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Wisconsin woman killed by train after walking around stop arms at crossing

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Police say a 59-year-old woman was struck and killed by a train Monday evening while walking her dog in the northwestern Wisconsin town of Solon Springs.

According to the Duluth News Tribune, witnesses say the woman, who had just left a grocery store, walked around the stop arms of a railroad crossing at about 6:15 p.m. She was struck by an oncoming train at the County Highway A intersection with the CN tracks, just east of Business Highway 53.

Witnesses say in addition to the stop arms being down, the crossing's lights and bells were active.

The Douglas County, Wisconsin, Sheriff's Department says the woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The name of the victim was being withheld pending notification of relatives.

There was no word on what happened to the dog.

In March, five people were injured in Owatonna, Minnesota, when their car was struck by a Canadian Pacific train. According to the Rochester Post Bulletin, police say the driver of the vehicle ignored flashing red lights at the railroad crossing.

The set of tracks had no stop arms, the Owatonna People’s Press said.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says in 2013, there were 53 highway-rail crossing collisions in the state that resulted in six fatalities and 26 injuries.

MnDOT reminds motorists that driving around stop arms is not only dangerous, it's against the law.

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