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Published September 01, 2010, 08:44 AM

Worker killed on rail line is identified

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities are identifying the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe rail employee who was struck and killed by a train on the Northstar Commuter Rail Line.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities are identifying the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe rail employee who was struck and killed by a train on the Northstar Commuter Rail Line.

He's 53-year-old Andrew K. Weaver of Fridley. The Anoka County sheriff's office says he was not married. He's survived by his father and an adult sister.

A news release from BNSF says Weaver had 31 years of experience with the company.

It happened about 6:45 a.m. Wednesday in Coon Rapids when Weaver stepped out behind a small test train and into the path of a commuter train traveling about 80 mph.

Officials say that Weaver was talking on a cell phone and between that and the noise of the test train may not have heard the oncoming train.

The Northstar Commuter Rail Line was shut down after the accident, but resumed service Wednesday afternoon.

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