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Forum Communications, Published September 30 2012

Crookston man hit by train is in stable condition

CROOKSTON, Minn. - A Crookston man remains in stable condition in Altru Hospital after being hit by a train Saturday in Crookston.

According to the Crookston police department,a call came in at 5:25 p.m. Saturday of a person hit by a train where the BNSF tracks, going north and south, cross West Sixth Street, which is also the path of U.S. Highway 2 as it comes into the northwest corner of downtown.

Officers found Bobby Bluestar Ramirez, 32, lying on the west side of the tracks – and the north side of West Sixth, with “severe injury to his leg and other trauma,” but “conscious and breathing,” according Police Chief Tim Motherway.

The location of the accident is about 200 feet northwest of the Arby’s restaurant on the north end of downtown.

Ramirez was taken to Riverview Hospital in Crookston, then by ambulance to Altru in Grand Forks, reportedly in stable condition Saturday, according to police.

Sunday evening, an Altru nursing supervisor said he remains in stable condition.

The train was stopped with the locomotive about a quarter mile south of Ramirez, Motherway said.

The BNSF line curves through Crookston going from East Grand Forks to Bemidji and points east, generally paralleling U.S. Highway 2 on its south side.

Amy McBeth, a Twin Cities spokeswoman for BNSF, told the Herald there is no crossing where Ramirez was on the tracks when he was hit about 5:20 p.m.

She said the freight train was eastbound, headed for Superior, Wis., with two locomotives and 99 cars, 82 of them full of freight of all kinds and 17 empties. The tracks were re-opened by 9 p.m., Saturday, according to McBeth.

Chief Motherway said Ramirez grew up in the residential neighborhood north of West Sixth where he was hit, an area which has several sites where people cross the tracks on foot.