MN: Northstar Train Collides with Vehicle; Baby in Car Escapes Injury

Feb. 18--ELK RIVER -- Metro Transit officials say no one was injured when a Northstar train struck a car with a baby boy inside Monday morning at an Elk River crossing.

The accident delayed the train on Northstar's last southbound trip from Big Lake to Minneapolis.

The train was northbound when it struck the car at Proctor Avenue northwest of Elk River at about 7 a.m., according to Metro Transit, which operates the commuter rail service.

According to an investigation by Metro Transit Police, the car slid onto the tracks after a collision with another vehicle at or near the intersection. The driver couldn't move the car and left the vehicle. She was unable to rescue the boy, who was in a car seat. After the collision with the train, the mother immediately retrieved the child and went to a nearby business for help.

The train came to a stop about a quarter of a mile from the accident scene. The mother and child were taken to a medical facility for evaluation and were released, according to Metro Transit.

Buses were deployed as a replacement for commuters on the train, but the train was cleared after about 30 minutes and left Big Lake about 25 minutes behind schedule.

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