June 23--The pedestrian fatally struck by a Blue Line light-rail train Friday afternoon was identified as Karen Lynn Fraser of Minneapolis, according to the Hennepin County medical examiner.
The 41-year-old's death was ruled as a suicide, the medical examiner said.
Fraser was walking east across the tracks just north of 35th Street in South Minneapolis, several feet north of the designated crosswalk, when she was struck by a southbound train loaded with passengers, according to Metro Transit officials.
The train was traveling about 40 to 45 mph, and the nearest light-rail station is three blocks away at 38th Street. Metro Transit said the intersection's crossing arm gates and signals were operating normally.
The incident, which occurred at 2:50 p.m., prompted the closure of the line in the vicinity of the incident; Metro Transit buses shuttled train passengers around the scene.
Metro Transit officials said Friday the train's operator will undergo routine drug and alcohol screening as the matter is investigated.
The Blue Line operates between the Mall of America in Bloomington and downtown Minneapolis. This is the 11th fatality involving the Blue Line since it opened.
Tad Vezner contributed to this report.
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