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Pedestrian dies when hit by train in Grand Island
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Pedestrian dies when hit by train in Grand Island

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Officers investigate the scene of a fatality Wednesday at the Union Pacific train intersection with Broadwell Avenue.

The Union Pacific Railroad, its police force and other area law enforcement officers took train rides to observe motorists' behavior at railroad crossings in Fremont, Nebraska. The goal of the exercise was to bring awareness of the dangers to drivers and pedestrians at railroad crossings.

GRAND ISLAND -- A pedestrian who was trying to get through a parked Union Pacific train died late Wednesday morning on the east side of Grand Island.

The adult male died at the scene. Police hadn’t yet tried to identify him, but estimated he was in his 40s.

It appears the man was trying to go underneath or between the cars while the freight train was stopped and preparing to back into the rail yard, said Capt. Dean Elliott of the Grand Island Police Department.

“We’re not sure at this point in time, but at some point in time he ended up underneath the train while the train was slowly moving,” Elliott said. “It appears that the injuries were definitely caused by the train impacting him underneath the train.”

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Police were called to the scene near the intersection of Broadwell Avenue and Front Street at 11:48 a.m.

The man was moving from the south end of the crossing to the north side.

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