ID'd: Woman fatally hit by Blue Line train in Minneapolis

  • Article by: PAUL WALSH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 22, 2014 - 9:38 AM

Authorities on Sunday identified the woman who was fatally struck by a Blue Line light-rail train two days earlier along Hiawatha Avenue in Minneapolis.

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Authorities on Sunday identified the woman who was fatally struck by a Blue Line light-rail train two days earlier along Hiawatha Avenue in Minneapolis.

Karen Lynn Fraser, 41, of Minneapolis, was hit shortly before 3 p.m. at the intersection of E. 35th Street, according to the Hennepin County medical examiner’s office. Fraser was north of the crossing, where gates arms were down with lights flashing, said transit spokesman John Siqveland.

Fraser walked into the path of the train on purpose, the medical examiner’s office said.

Train service was affected for a little more than two hours, with replacement bus service during that time between the Franklin Avenue and 46th Street stations. Hiawatha Avenue remained open to traffic, though traffic was slowed in the area.

Eleven people have been killed by light-rail trains since they began running in Minneapolis a decade ago, and most were pedestrians.

 

Paul Walsh • 612-673-4482

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