Video shows woman nearly being hit by Northstar train

Updated: July 24, 2019 05:31 PM

Metro Transit released dramatic surveillance video Wednesday from a Northstar train that shows a woman nearly being hit in Fridley last May.

Thankfully, the train missed her, but investigators said it underscores the dangers of walking along train tracks.


Following the near miss, Metro Transit shut down Northstar commuter rail service to investigate and brought in buses to get passengers home safely.

Investigators later determined the woman stepped out of the way just in time.

The video shows a Northstar train headed north when it comes upon a woman walking along the tracks near 77th Way in Fridley the night of May 23.

The woman was also going north with her back to the train, apparently unaware the train was approaching.

A camera on the rear of the train appears to show her picking up some belongings after it passes.

RELATED: Northstar service disrupted after report of someone possibly hit by train

By the time police arrived, the woman had already left the area and has never been identified.

Northstar's Director of Commuter Rail, Anthony Hebert, said the video illustrates why you should never trespass on railroad property.

"A couple of inches and we could have had another fatality out there on the tracks or hurt somebody very bad," said Hebert. "I’d hate to have to be the person who has to go to that family and explain to them their child or loved one was struck by one of our trains because they were in the wrong spot at the wrong time."

In addition to being dangerous, walking on railroad tracks is illegal and you can be arrested.

In 2018, the number of people in Minnesota killed or injured as a result of trespassing on railroad property was up by nearly a third over the previous year.

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