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Train Kills Man Lying On Tracks

Tue., July 2, 1996, midnight

A man was killed by a freight train near here Monday in what may have been a suicide, authorities said.

Officials had not yet released the victim’s name Monday afternoon.

The Burlington Northern conductor saw the man lying on the tracks as the train approached, said Missoula County sheriff’s Sgt. Willis Hintz.

The conductor braked the train, which was on Montana Rail Link tracks, but couldn’t bring it to a stop in time to avoid hitting the man, according to Hintz, who said the train had been traveling at about 45 mph.

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