Woman dies in train crash near Perham's City Hall

The lone occupant of a vehicle died on the scene of a car vs. train accident on Sunday afternoon.

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A woman was killed in a car vs. train accident by Perham's City Hall and Tuffy's at 3:25 p.m. on Jan. 24, a Perham Police Department report said.

The 27-year-old woman was driving south down Perham's Second Avenue Northeast when her vehicle was struck by a train crossing the tracks.

The woman was the only occupant of the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene by Perham Emergency Services.

The car was wedged up against the train, which took about a half-mile to come to a stop, according to Rich Luth, a hobbyist who operates the Otter Tail Channel on YouTube and monitors railroad traffic through Perham.

Rescue workers asked that the train be moved to free the car, which was entangled in the train, but the lead locomotive was stuck in emergency mode and would not move, Luth said.


The engine was immobile for about five hours, likely due to an air leak, until another locomotive was brought in from the west and supplied air to the damaged engine, Luth said.

Luth said because he has the stream monitoring the trains constantly, he heard the train make the call for emergency help and the Perham Police as it was being made. He said he got ready to go to the scene right away and made it there before the ambulance did.

The Perham Police Department was assisted by Perham Area EMS, Perham Fire Department, and the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Department.

This accident is under investigation.

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