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Man dies after pickup hit by train near Perham

Emergency crews work to extricate a pickup truck from a Burlington Northern-Santa Fe locomotive, about a mile east of Perham.

A car-train collision near Perham killed a 67-year-old man at about 6 a.m. today, Friday, May 29.

The identity of the man has not been released, pending notification of relatives. Authorities confirmed that he was a Perham area resident.

Wreckage from the pick-up truck box was scattered at the point of collision -- about two miles east of downtown Perham. The front-end and cab of the truck was pushed nearly three-quarters of a mile, before the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe locomotive came to a stop.

Extraction tools were brought to the scene to cut the truck apart, as the impact of the collision had wedged the truck frame around the train engine.

Perham police officers, volunteer firefighters, Otter Tail County Deputies and East Otter Tail EMT staff were at the scene.

A call was immediately made to halt east and west train traffic, said Jim Rieber, Perham Emergency Medical Services director.

The accident occurred at an un-signaled crossing, which leads to one residence on the north side of the tracks. According to an officer at the scene, the victim was crossing the tracks to pick up a fellow employee. The Chevy pick-up the victim was driving belonged to a painting contractor based in East Otter Tail County.