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Woman killed by train in Detroit Lakes, Minn.

Brian Basham / Forum Communications Co. Becker County Sheriff deputies, Detroit Lakes Police officers and St. Mary's EMS workers work the scene of a pedestrian/train accident near the intersection of Highway 10 and Washington Avenue in Detroit Lakes, Minn., Tuesday morning. A 35-year-old Detroit Lakes woman was killed by a westbound Burlington Northern Santa Fe train as she tried to "beat the train" across the tracks, according to police. The woman was carrying the stuffed animal in the police car.

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. -- A woman was killed when she was struck by a Burlington Northern Sante Fe train Tuesday morning.

Authorities say a 35-year-old Detroit Lakes woman, whose name has not been released, had met a friend from Mahnomen, Minn., whose name also is being withheld, at the Amtrak station in Detroit Lakes Tuesday morning.

She was talking with the man at the station, who'd given her a television set and a stuffed animal, evidently as birthday presents, when she decided to cross the tracks to go to a tobacco store.

She was hit when she was returning to the depot about 10:39 a.m., according to the Becker County Sheriff's Department.

Detroit Lakes Police Chief Kel Keena said a westbound BNSF train hit the woman and an engineer in a second, eastbound BNSF train witnessed the accident.

Keena said the train that hit the woman was blowing its whistle.

"She thought she could make it, I suppose," Keena said. "I don't know."

He said about 11:30 a.m. that police were waiting for BNSF officials to arrive and conduct their investigation and for a crew from Glyndon, Minn., to move the train.

He said the crossing might open during lunch.

Pippi Mayfield is a reporter at the Detroit Lakes (Minn.) Tribune, which is owned by Forum Communications Co.

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