A man died after being struck by a train Wednesday night on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks in Wolf Point.
A BNSF work train performing maintenance on the railway had been stopped on the tracks in town before pulling out, when it apparently struck or ran over over the man, said Ross Lane, a spokesman for the rail company.
"From the initial investigation, it looks like the person may have been crawling around under the train when it was parked," Lane said Thursday.
Roosevelt County Undersheriff John Summers said the victim was a man who appeared to be in his mid-30s. His name has not been released.
Summers said the man died at the scene, near First Avenue in downtown Wolf Point. BNSF employees called 911 to report the incident at 11:04 p.m., according to a dispatch report provided by the Roosevelt County Sheriff's Office.
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Fort Peck Tribal Police Chief Jim Summers said his office, along with the sheriff's office and the Wolf Point Police Department, responded to the report of the man's death. He declined to comment further, and referred questions to the local police, who are leading the investigation of the case.
Wolf Point Police Chief Jeff Harada could not be reached for comment Thursday.
Safety along the tracks, which bisect the small town, has been a concern for residents in the past. Jerry Swanson, a former Wolf Point resident who led a group working to eliminate pedestrian deaths along the tracks, told The Gazette in 2005 that about a dozen people in the town had died due to collisions with trains during the previous decade.
Lane said he didn't have any information on when the last fatality occurred along the tracks in Wolf Point.
"We certainly always caution people that a train can move at any time if it's parked, and a train can be moving in any direction at any time," he said. "So if you see tracks, think 'train.'"