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By Pippi Mayfield, Forum Communications Co., Published April 07 2010

Woman killed by train in Detroit Lakes had just met friend at Amtrak station

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – A woman here was killed when she was struck by a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train Tuesday morning.

Authorities say the 35-year-old Detroit Lakes woman, Shannon Marie Bugge, had met a friend from Mahnomen, whose name is being withheld, at the Amtrak station in Detroit Lakes on Tuesday morning.

She was talking with the man at the station, who had given her a television set and a stuffed animal, evidently as birthday presents, when she decided to cross the tracks to go to a tobacco store.

She was hit when she was returning to the depot about 10:39 a.m., according to the Becker County Sheriff’s Department.

Detroit Lakes Police Chief Kel Keena said a westbound BNSF train hit the woman and an engineer in a second, eastbound BNSF train saw the accident.

Keena said the whistle on the train that hit the woman was blowing.

“She thought she could make it, I suppose,” Keena said. “I don’t know.”

Pippi Mayfield is a writer at the Detroit Lakes Tribune, which is owned by Forum Communications Co.