Woman hit by train and rescued in Minneapolis was attempting suicide, police say

The train was not able to stop in time.
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A woman was hit by a train in northeast Minneapolis this weekend, and authorities believe it was a suicide attempt.

Minneapolis police got a call around 3:30 pm Saturday that a woman was hit by a freight train at 3600 Central Avenue NE, Minneapolis Police Department Public Information Officer Corey Schmidt told GoMN.

She was pinned under the train when emergency responders arrived, rescued and taken by ambulance to Hennepin County Medical Center. Her condition was not known and identity has not been released at this time.

"This was determined to be a suicide attempt. There is no update on the female as this is not a criminal action, " Schmidt said.

A spokesman for the Canadian Pacific Railway told the Star Tribune that the crew saw the woman standing on the tracks and applied the emergency brake, but the train was not able to stop in time.

“Trains are not able to stop quickly,” he said.

The crash meant the train was stopped on the tracks for several hours, the paper added, blocking traffic at rail crossings for roughly a mile.

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