West Hennepin Public Safety Department
In the past six days, three people have lost their lives in crashes on Highway 12. The stretch of highway has been a concern since it opened back in 2008. The number of fatalities forced officials to make changes they hoped would cut down on the number of accidents where vehicles were crossing the center median.
One person is dead after being hit by a Burlington Northern train early Saturday morning in Independence, according to the West Hennepin Public Safety Department. The accident happened at 1:15 a.m. just off Highway 12 at northbound County Road 92. Authorities say the train was heading west when the northbound vehicle went around the flashing gates and was struck.
Authorities have identified the man who died Tuesday when a cement truck and van collided in Independence, Minn.