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Commissioner urges people to be safer around railroad tracks

UNDATED (WRN-Wheeler News Service) - Western Wisconsin authorities say a pedestrian was hit and killed by an eastbound train in Tomah Saturday night just before midnight. The unidentified person was on the tracks when they were hit and was dead at the scene when responding police officers arrived. The incident involved a train from the Canadian Pacific Railroad, and is still being investigated by Tomah police.

The recent rash of deaths involving trains is prompting a reminder about safety around railroad tracks. 

In the past week, three people have died in Wisconsin in train-related incidents, just the latest of several fatalities and collisions this year. While two of those are believed to have been suicides, state Railroad Commissioner Jeff Plale says it's still a reminder for people to be aware that trains are becoming more common. Plale says it's important to heed warning lights and gates at crossings, and it's sheer stupidity to think you can beat a train. Even away from crossings, walking on or along railroad tracks is still trespassing and illegal. Plale says you should find another route to take.

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