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Northstar service disrupted after report of someone possibly hit by train

Northstar service disrupted after report of someone possibly hit by train Photo: KSTP-TV

May 23, 2019 09:35 PM

Northbound service on the Northstar was disrupted Thursday evening after officials received a report of a person hit by a train.

Metro Transit reported it was working on getting replacement buses for the 5:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. trips.

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A spokesperson for Metro Transit said it received a report just before 5 p.m. that a trespasser may have been struck just north of 77th Way.

The spokesperson said officials haven't found any evidence that anybody was stuck, but officials worked with BNSF to shut down train traffic and replacement buses were immediately arranged.

Lt. Jim Mork with Fridley Police said an Anoka County drone was brought in, and crime lab technicians did biological tests on the front of the train, but no damage was consistent with a person being struck.

Mork also said it took officials a long time to check the area because it is heavily wooded, but authorities are confident there isn't a victim.

After reviewing video footage, Mork said a young woman was walking alongside the tracks and was knocked to the ground as the train approached at 76 mph. It appeared something she was carrying, possibly a backpack, was hit by the train, but she wasn't hit herself.

Mork said she then got up, brushed herself off and walked away. The thud the operator heard made him think he hit someone, which led authorities to search the area.

Officials encouraged anyone with any information about the incident to contact police.

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