Woman killed by freight train in northern Minnesota

The woman was on the tracks on a wooded area, officials say.

Two Minnesotans died as the result of being hit by trains in a less-than 24-hour period Sunday into Monday. 

The most recent happened around 11:15 a.m. Monday when a woman was killed by a Canadian National freight train in St. Louis County, northern Minnesota, according to the Duluth News Tribune

Officials haven't released the identity of the victim, only saying it was a 44-year-old Saginaw woman who was on the tracks in a wooded area near Highway 8 and Highway 7 in Culver Township. 

Culver Township is about 30 miles west of Duluth. 


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It comes less than a day after teenager Grayson Dow was killed by a Northstar commuter train near Elk River as he was walking on the tracks at around 6 p.m. Sunday. 

Hundreds of people die every year either crossing or trespassing on railway lines.

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics says that in 2016, 511 Americans were killed on the tracks, with a further 265 dying at railroad crossings.

This compares to just eight people who lost their lives in train crashes that same year.

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