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Woman killed by train in Detroit Lakes identified

Becker County Sheriff deputies, Detroit Lakes Police officers and St. Mary's EMS workers work the scene of a pedestrian/train accident near the intersection of Highway 10 and Washington Avenue in Detroit Lakes, Minn., Tuesday morning. A 35 year-old Detroit Lakes woman was killed by a westbound Burlington Northern Santa Fe train as she tried to "beat the train" across the tracks, according to police. The woman was carrying the stuffed animal in the police car. (Brian Basham/DL Newspapers)

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - A woman here was killed when she was struck by a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train Tuesday morning.

Authorities say the 35-year-old Detroit Lakes woman, Shannon Marie Bugge, had met a friend from Mahnomen, whose name is being withheld, at the Amtrak station in Detroit Lakes on Tuesday morning.

She was talking with the man at the station, who had given her a television set and a stuffed animal, evidently as birthday presents, when she decided to cross the tracks to go to a tobacco store.

She was hit when she was returning to the depot about 10:39 a.m., according to the Becker County Sheriff's Department.

Detroit Lakes Police Chief Kel Keena said a westbound BNSF train hit the woman and an engineer in a second, eastbound BNSF train saw the accident.

Keena said the whistle on the train that hit the woman was blowing.

"She thought she could make it, I suppose," Keena said. "I don't know."