Police: Moorhead man on bicycle was 'goofing around' when he hit train

Authorities responding to report of a person hit by a train in Moorhead
Moorhead police responded to the scene of a train-bicyclist accident on the 11th Street crossing in downtown Moorhead on Thursday about 5 p.m. WDAY photo
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MOORHEAD — A north Moorhead man is recovering in Sanford Medical Center after he hit the back of a train in downtown Moorhead on Thursday night, Aug. 1.

Police Capt. Deric Swenson said the man, whose name hasn't yet been released, was on his bicycle "goofing around" near the 11th Street crossing , south of Center Avenue, about 5 p.m. and was up on one wheel when he fell and is believed to have first hit his head on the train.

He fell backwards and then his legs hit the train causing the injury, Swenson said. He suffered a non-life-threatening lower leg injury.

A bystander helped pull the man away to safety from the train, which was about three-quarters past the intersection.


Swenson said there were initial concerns about the train not stopping, but he said the engineer wouldn't have known the man had even hit the train.

Swenson added that people should obey crossing lights at rail crossings and stay a safe distance away from trains.

Police detectives are still investigating the incident and ask that anyone with information call the Red River Regional Dispatch Center at 701-451-7660.

An almost 50-year veteran of the newspaper business, Amundson has worked for The Forum and Forum News Service for 15 years. He started as a sport reporter in Minnesota. He is currently the city and night reporter for The Forum. 701-451-5665
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