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Marshfield PD: Pedestrian killed by train was accidental

MARSHFIELD, WI (WTAQ) - Authorities in Marshfield said the death of a pedestrian struck by a train was an accident.

Police Chief Gary Jepsen said 62-year-old Melvin Weis was walking north to a downtown convenience store to buy cigarettes, when he stumbled slightly while trying to cross the tracks to beat the train.

The accident occurred Tuesday night.

Marshfield has seen a rash of train accidents in recent years, both with cars and pedestrians. In most cases, Jepsen said the victims made poor decisions either by trying to beat the trains at crossings, or stopping their vehicles too close to the tracks.

Marshfield has had three car-train accidents in the past month alone. Operation Lifesaver says Wood County -- where Marshfield is located -- leads the state in the numbers of train accidents involving vehicles and pedestrians.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)