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Update: Railroad employee injured in Willmar yard accident, airlifted to trauma center

Willmar rescue and law enforcement personnel work on the rescue of a rail employee Thursday morning at an accident scene in the BNSF Railway yard in Willmar, Minn. The injured employee was extracted from the accident scene about 11 a.m. this morning and airlifted to a trauma center. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

Update 11:15 a.m.

A railroad employee in his 30s was injured and trapped under a rail car about 9 a.m. this morning in an accident at the BNSF Railway yard in Willmar, Minn.

The railroad accident happen near the pedestrian bridge in the Willmar railroad yard.

A surgeon and medical team was called in to assist rescue personnel in extracting the man from under the rail car.

The injured man was extracted shortly before 11 a.m. and then air lifted by helicopter from the railroad yard to St. Cloud Hospital.

Willmar law enforcement and emergency personnel responded to the accident.

Update 9:30 a.m.: Authorities respond to accident at BNSF Railway yard in Willmar, Minn.

Law enforcement and emergency personnel are responding to an accident at the BNSF Railway yard in Willmar.

An individual has been injured in an accident involving railroad cars.

No further details are available at this time.

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