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Police: Woman dies on train tracks in Atwater

Atwater and Kandiyohi County agencies on Tuesday survey an area of railroad tracks in downtown Atwater. Law enforcement officials confirmed the death of an adult female at the site. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

ATWATER -- An adult female died Tuesday on the railroad tracks in downtown Atwater after an apparent accident involving a train at about 4:45 p.m.

Few details of the accident are known. It held up the train until 7 p.m., Atwater Police Chief Reed Schmidt said.

By about 6 p.m., the train's engines and a few of the cars were being disconnected and pulled away from the rest of the train to allow access to remove the woman's body, which was under a train car.

Schmidt, Atwater Ambulance, the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office and the Kandiyohi County Coroner responded to the accident.

No other information was available at press time.

Gary Miller

Born and attended public schools in Willmar, Minn. Served 20 years in U.S. Navy as a photojournalist. Worked at West Central Tribune since retiring from the Navy in 1994.

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