MN: Northstar Train Hits, Kills Man Near Elk River

Jan. 21--ELK RIVER -- A man was hit and killed by a Northstar train Monday afternoon near Elk River.

The man was walking on the tracks north of 192nd Avenue Northwest and Zebulon Street in Big Lake Township when he was struck and killed by a northbound Northstar train at about 4:45 p.m., according to the Sherburne County Sheriff's Office.

The intersection's gate arms were in the lowered position, and the train came to a stop a short distance beyond the intersection after hitting the man, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Trains and replacement buses brought Northstar riders to their destinations after the crash.

Elk River police and fire departments, the Minnesota State Patrol and BNSF Railway assisted at the scene.

The Sherburne County Sheriff's Office and Metro Transit Police are investigating the incident.

The man's name was not immediately available.

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