Silver Lake snowmobiler dies after being pulled under train near Dassel

  • Article by: Wire services
  • Updated: February 24, 2013 - 8:03 PM

A 31-year-old Minnesota man who was riding a snowmobile alongside railroad tracks in Dassel died after he lost control, slid into a moving train and was pulled underneath.

The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office says Paul Fenske of Silver Lake was eastbound Saturday night. A Burlington Northern Santa Fe train was heading eastbound at the same time.

Fenske lost control and slid into the side of the train. Authorities say the snowmobile got caught and was dragged down the tracks.

The crash happened several cars back from the locomotives, so the crew didn’t know about it and kept going. The train was later stopped.

Another snowmobiler with Fenske saw the accident, but wasn’t injured.

Authorities and the railroad are investigating.

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