NEW ULM - A person was struck by a train Sunday in New Ulm where the train tracks cross 20th North Street, near its intersection with North Broadway Street.
A report from the New Ulm Police Department was not available Sunday evening, but is expected to be released today.
A witness at the scene reported the accident at 5:16 p.m. Several individuals waiting in their cars for the train to cross the street witnessed the incident. By the time the police arrived, the train had stopped just short of the 20th North Street crossing. Emergency personnel were seen removing a person with a stretcher from the northern slope of the tracks, approximately a quarter mile west of the street. The accident victim was loaded into an ambulance and driven away from the scene.
Staff photo by Josh Moniz
Rescue personnel work to remove an accident victim from the northern slope of land next to the railroad tracks near 20th North Street after a person was struck by a train late Sunday afternoon. The person was taken from the scene in an ambulance. Few details of the accident were available on Sunday night.
Michelle Rischmiller, of New Auburn, was waiting on the street for the train to pass when the accident occurred. She said she didn't witness the person being struck, but she saw the train slamming on its brakes.
"You could see the conductor in the cab. You could see pure terror on his face," said Rischmiller.
An unidentified worker from the train was later witnessed demonstrating for the police what he saw. He indicated that the victim was lying on the rails, partially draped over the tracks. He indicated that the person was knocked several feet away from the train by the plow on the front of the engine.
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