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Man found dead in BNSF Railway in Grand Forks identified as UND student, 20

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Police have identified the man found dead Saturday morning in the BNSF Railway yard in Grand Forks as 20-year-old UND student Blake Christopher Ayling.

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The preliminary investigation showed that Ayling was going through the yard when he was struck by a moving train.

Although police said his injuries are consistent with being hit by a train, the cause of death won't be established until an autopsy is performed, which could be a several-week process.

Ayling's body was found about 7:30 a.m. by BNSF employees in the rail yard west of the Columbia Road overpass, just south of the UND campus and north of DeMers Avenue.

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