Teen Struck, Killed by Train in St. Paul

Teen Struck, Killed by Train in St. Paul Photo: KSTP

September 24, 2018 09:41 PM

A 14-year-old St. Paul boy was struck and killed by a freight train Friday morning, St. Paul Police said Monday.

Abdiarahman Hassan was hit at about 5:30 a.m. east of Snelling Avenue near Pierce Butler Route, Sgt. Mike Ernster said. 


The train was said to have been traveling about 16 miles per hour and applied its emergency brakes when Hassan was spotted.  However, the teen was still struck, police said. 

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Hassan, who is autistic, had been reported missing from his family's eastside home earlier that morning. Ernster said police and fire were out looking for him when police received a call about a person on the train tracks at Western and Como avenues. Police responding to the scene did not find anyone, Ernster said. 

Authorities later received a call about the accident and pronounced Hassan dead at the scene. Ernster said it's unclear if Hassan was the person in the earlier call, but said it was likely because it's unusual for someone to be spotted on the tracks. 

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner was able to identify Hassan. 

Ernster also said Hassan had a history of leaving his home. 


Tommy Wiita

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