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Last week, a BNSF employee became the first death involving Minnesota Northstar rail system. The story, as presented by the Minneapolis Tribune, was that:

Andrew Kim Weaver, 53, having stepped off an inspection train that was testing tracks, "was walking and talking at the same time," apparently oblivious to an eastbound Northstar commuter train approaching at approximately 80 miles per hour, said Lt. Paul Sommer of the Anoka County sheriff’s office.

It was suggested that he must not have felt the train vibrations. It seems odd that a worker would be hit. Or does it?

– It may be an example of how easily these kind of incidents can happen to anyone.

– There needs to be a review of whether "Quite zones" for a train traveling through a community at 80 mph really does make sense?

– There was a video on the train and this may play a role with any incident that takes place.

Our sympathy goes out for the family and friends of the man. Hopefully, this incident will be looked at for every reason that was involved.

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