(Anoka, Minnesota December 11, 2016)
An 18-year-old as-yet unidentified female was killed at the Anoka, MN Northstar Commuter Rail station at about 9:55 A.M., CST, Sunday morning, when a Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train struck her as she may have been waiting for the Metro Transit train which runs on the same tracks.
When officers of the Anoka Police Dept. and Anoka County Sheriffs Office arrived on the scene, they found the woman still alive but severely injured. As Emergency Medical Technicians worked to save her, she succumbed at the 411 Pierce Street site of her devastating injuries.
Metro Transit/Northstar Commuter trains were held at adjacent stations while railroad and civil authorities completed their investigations into the tragedy. Trains began running again by 1:00 PM. In the interim, bus service was provided for stranded passengers.
Neither law enforcement nor railroad authorities from BNSF or Metro Transit would speculate on what led the victim to be on or near the tracks, nor would they release her name.
Metro Transit/Northstar trains operate on tracks owned by BNSF.