Weather Forecast

William Briden, 91, was killed when the vehicle he was a passenger in was struck by a train at this intersection Sunday in Sabin, MN. FORUM NEWS SERVICE/David Samson

For most rural Minnesota crossings, just an 'X' marks the spot

Email News Alerts

SABIN, Minn. – The railroad crossing where a 91-year-old died here Sunday was unguarded, with just a sign marking its presence and no arm gates or lights.


In other words, it was like most railroad crossings in the state.

About two-thirds of public railroad crossings in Minnesota don’t have advanced signals for motorists and pedestrians such as crossing gates, lights and bells, according to a 2013 Minnesota Department of Transportation report.

Are you a newspaper subscriber but you don't have a Digital Access account yet?

You will need your subscription account number and phone number. Not sure if you have an account? Email us at and we can help you.