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Man Killed in Train-Truck Crash Identified

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Updated Wednesday 2:00 PM

The Cass County Sheriff's office has released the name of the man who was killed Tuesday afternoon after his truck was hit by a train.

Del Shannon Hiltwein, 40 years old of Fargo, was found dead after a train struck his pickup. Authorities were called to the 600 block of 38th Street NW in West Fargo just before 2:00 Tuesday afternoon.  They say Hiltwein's truck as dragged down the track by the train, but both the stop arms and flashing lights seemed to be working.

The Cass County Sheriff's Office investigation is ongoing.

Updated Tuesday 9:00 PM


Investigators are trying to identify a man who was hit by a train near West Fargo Tuesday afternoon. The crash happened just before 2:00 P.M. On 38th Street Northwest, about half a mile north of Interstate 94, and about a mile west of West Fargo. The Cass County Sheriff's Office says the man was heading south bound in his pick-up when he was hit by the train and was pronounced dead on the scene.


A windy afternoon kept this train at a slower pace than normal as it left West Fargo, going about 40-45 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone. But it still wasn't able to stop in time for a pick up.

Detective Joel Stading with the Cass County Sheriff's Office says, "Emergency personnel arrived on the scene and found one victim with the vehicle."

The train hit the pick up on the driver side door, and continued to push the it about 1000 feet from the crossing.
Detective Stading says, "Still gathering the information to make sure everything was done properly."

During the investigation, the crossing arms were down and the hazard lights were flashing, indicating they may have been working at the time of the crash.

Detective Stading says, "Engineers and conductors, still getting their statements to determine what exactly happened."

As the investigation of the scene wrapped up, crews checked the safety features of the crossing and watched the remains of the pick up be hauled away.

The man's body has been sent to Bismarck for an autopsy Wednesday morning. His name will be released once family has been notified.


One person is dead after a Tuesday afternoon collision involving a train and a truck near West Fargo.

Authorities say a man was trying to drive across railroad tracks on 38th Street northwest, about half a mile north of Interstate 94, when he was hit by a BNSF train.

The two o'clock accident was at 698 38th Street northwest, the train was going westbound and the truck was going south.

The State Patrol, Cass County deputies and the West Fargo Fire Department responded to the call.

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