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Man struck by Northstar train in Elk River dies

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A Northstar commuter train struck and killed a man who was walking near the tracks in Elk River Wednesday evening.

The pedestrian was walking in an area not meant for pedestrians at about 6:30 p.m. when he was struck, said Metro Transit spokesman Drew Kerr.

Police dispatch audio indicates the victim was struck at the Main Street rail crossing. That's about two miles north of the Northstar station in Elk River. The BNSF railroad call to dispatchers indicated the accident was immediately fatal.

The incident halted rail traffic in Elk River temporarily. Passengers on the outbound train to Big Lake were transferred to the final Northstar train of the day, Kerr said.

The struck pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities haven't identified the victim.

It's at least the third fatality along the commuter line since the service began in 2009. Another man was killed when a Northstar train hit him near Elk River in January.