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Published March 28, 2012, 03:19 PM

Pedestrian Hit By Train in Fargo

FARGO - A 61-year-old pedestrian who walked past lowered crossing arms was struck by a train at Main Avenue and Broadway on Wednesday afternoon.

By: Forum Communications,

FARGO - A 61-year-old pedestrian who walked past lowered crossing arms was struck by a train at Main Avenue and Broadway on Wednesday afternoon.

The accident happened at 1:09 p.m., said Fargo Deputy Police Chief Pat Claus in a news release.

Claus identified the injured man as Dan Hassel of Fargo. His head and torso were injured and he was taken to Sanford Medical Center. His condition wasn't immediately known.

Investigators believe Hassel was struck by an eastbound train when he walked past the closed gate arms after a westbound train had passed, Claus said.

Sgt. Kevin Pallas said the train was traveling roughly 20 miles per hour.

Pallas said the man fell to the side of the tracks after being hit, and was not run over by the train.

Pallas declined to speculate on why the man walked past the crossing arms and in front of the train.

"At this time it's hard to determine what's going on," he said. "We'll continue to investigate this and hopefully interview this gentleman that was struck to find out exactly what may have transpired or led up to this."

Police urge pedestrians to obey all traffic signals on roadways and train tracks because they protect people from cars, trucks and trains they may not see, Claus said.

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