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Victim of train accident in Detroit Lakes identified as Park Rapids man

The victim of a pedestrian-train accident near Detroit Lakes last month has been identified as a Park Rapids man.

Norman Lee Maunu, 54, was believed to have left Park Rapids Dec. 17 for Detroit Lakes. The following evening, he was struck and killed by a Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train near Detroit Lakes, Sheriff Tim Gordon said.

Maunu was identified by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's office.

The eastbound train struck Maunu as he was walking about 400 yards east of the Becker County Road 54 railroad crossing, Gordon said. He died at the scene.

In a news release Friday, Gordon said "a review of the video, investigation reports and all information received to this point clearly shows no signs of foul play."

Maunu had family in Texas and Missouri, but Becker County could locate no relatives in the immediate vicinity.

The accident was not drug or alcohol-related, Gordon said. "It's sad it took us three weeks to figure out who the poor guy was," he said. "What brought him to the railroad tracks in Detroit Lakes only one person can say."

Gordon said the man moved to Park Rapids around 2008, and before that had some ties to Fargo.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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