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Bemidji truck driver killed in crash with Amtrak train in Todd County

A Bemidji man was killed Friday afternoon when the tractor-trailer he was driving collided with an Amtrak passenger train in Todd County.

Donald Ray Hedlund Sr., 57, was traveling northwest on 317th Street in Fawn Lake Township when he failed to stop at a railroad crossing at Red Rock Road, according to the Todd County Sheriff’s Office. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Hedlund was driving a 2011 Kenworth semi for Minnesota Limited out of Big Lake.

Two train passengers were taken by ambulance to Lakewood Hospital for treatment. The sheriff’s office said several others suffered minor injuries but were not hospitalized.

The Todd County Sheriff’s Office received the accident call at 4:25 p.m. Friday. Staples Fire and Rescue, the Wadena County Sheriff’s Office and Minnesota State Patrol assisted at the scene.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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