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Snowmobiler Hit, Killed by Train in Brainerd

Updated: 02/17/2014 7:49 AM
Created: 02/16/2014 10:01 PM KSTP.com
By: Leslie Dyste

A 30-year-old snowmobiler died after colliding with a train in Brainerd.

The crash occurred around 1:30 p.m. Sunday on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Line underpass.

According to Brainerd Police, Michael Flannigan of Brainerd approached the tracks and attempted to pass in front of an empty coal train. Train operators said they sounded the train horn, but the snowmobile continued and was broadsided by the train. 

Flannigan died at the scene of the crash. Police say he was wearing a helmet.

The crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Brainerd Police Department at 218-829-2805.

Photo: KSTP file

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