Pedestrian hit and killed by train in Shoreview

8:11 PM, Apr 29, 2011   |    comments
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SHOREVIEW, Minn. (AP) -- A train owned by the Minnesota Transportation Museum has struck and killed a man in Shoreview.

The Ramsey County sheriff's office says the train was rounding a corner in a railroad yard area when the engineer spotted the man standing in the tracks.

The engineer sounded the horn and hit the emergency brakes but was unable to stop the train. It struck 54-year-old James John Cunningham of St. Paul, killing him instantly.

Cunningham's family told deputies he was visiting family in the area and often went on walks.

The train was transporting vintage rail cars from the museum's roundhouse in St. Paul to its summer facility in Osceola, Wis., when the accident was reported Friday afternoon.

The sheriff's office is investigating but says foul play is not suspected.

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