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Train kills Fort Collins pedestrian, closes major roads

Update Feb. 7 at 8:46 p.m.: The railroad tracks have been cleared, and all roads on campus are now reopened, according to an all-clear text message sent by the Colorado State University Public Safety Team Thursday evening. 

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Update Feb. 7 at 4:35 p.m.: An adult pedestrian was struck and killed by a northbound train, Fort Collins Police Services has confirmed.

FCPS received a call about a fatal train and pedestrian collision at 2:57 p.m., said officer Brett Dollar. It is confirmed that an investigation is currently ongoing.  

“Officers arrived and confirmed that there was one fatality as a result of the pedestrian train collision,” Dollar said.

Currently, the stationary train is blocking all east-west traffic from Magnolia Street to Prospect Road, and the train is expected to block traffic for the next three to four hours as officers complete the investigation.

“We are asking commuters to seek an alternate route home this evening,” Dollar said.

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A train was stopped on Mason Street and Mulberry Street due to a collision Thursday, causing traffic on Mulberry Street, Laurel Street and Prospect Road to be blocked, according to a tweet from the City of Fort Collins. Road closures extend from Prospect to Olive Street.

Exact circumstances around the accident have not yet been confirmed. 

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The Public Saftey Team at Colorado State University also sent out text alerts and an email alert stating that traffic on the east side of campus is blocked at the tracks. 

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  • A pedestrian walks past a freight train that is stopped near the intersection of Mason and Laurel streets following a collision with a pedestrian at approximately 2:57 p.m. Feb. 7. One fatality was confirmed by Fort Collins Police Services. (Forrest Czarnecki | Collegian)

  • A freight train is stopped near the intersection of Mason and Mulberry streets following a collision with a pedestrian at approximately 2:57 p.m. Feb. 7. One fatality was confirmed by Fort Collins Police Services. (Forrest Czarnecki | Collegian)

    Collegian | Forrest Czarnecki
  • A freight train is stopped in the intersection of Mason and Laurel streets following a collision with a pedestrian at approximately 2:57 p.m. Feb. 7. One fatality was confirmed by Fort Collins Police Services. (Forrest Czarnecki | Collegian)

    Collegian | Forrest Czarnecki
  • Railroad crossing lights flash while a freight train is stopped near the intersection of Mason and Laurel streets following a collision with a pedestrian at approximately 2:57 p.m. Feb. 7. One fatality was confirmed by Fort Collins Police Services. (Forrest Czarnecki | Collegian)

    Collegian | Forrest Czarnecki
  • A police officer directs traffic around the stopped train at the corner of Pitkin Street and Mason Street after a collision Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. (AJ Frankson | Collegian)

  • A train divides the east and west side of the CSU campus after a fatal collision Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. (AJ Frankson | Collegian)

  • A train divides the east and west side of the CSU campus after a fatal collision Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. (AJ Frankson | Collegian)

  • CSU students reroute their paths to the underpass on campus to avoid the train after a collision Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. (AJ Frankson | Collegian)

  • A freight train is stopped near the intersection of Mason and Mulberry streets following a collision with a pedestrian at approximately 2:57 p.m. Feb. 7. One fatality was confirmed by Fort Collins Police Services. (Forrest Czarnecki | Collegian)

    Collegian | Forrest Czarnecki
  • A freight train is stopped near the intersection of Mason and Mulberry streets following a collision with a pedestrian at approximately 2:57 p.m. Feb. 7. One fatality was confirmed by Fort Collins Police Services. (Forrest Czarnecki | Collegian)

    Collegian | Forrest Czarnecki
  • A Fort Collins police officer blocks the intersection of Howes and Laurel streets following a train and pedestrian collision at approximately 2:57 p.m. One fatality was confirmed by Fort Collins Police Services. (Forrest Czarnecki | Collegian)

  • Pedestrians cross in between the cars of a freight train that is stopped near the intersection of Mason and Laurel streets following a collision with a pedestrian at approximately 2:57 p.m. Feb. 7. One fatality was confirmed by Fort Collins Police Services. (Forrest Czarnecki | Collegian)

    Collegian | Forrest Czarnecki
  • A freight train is stopped near the intersection of Mason and Laurel streets following a collision with a pedestrian at approximately 2:57 p.m. Feb. 7. One fatality was confirmed by Fort Collins Police Services. (Forrest Czarnecki | Collegian)

    Collegian | Forrest Czarnecki
  • A stopped freight train is reflected in the windows of a storefront near the intersection of Mason and Laurel streets following a train and pedestrian collision at approximately 2:57 p.m. Feb. 7. One fatality was confirmed by Fort Collins Police Services. (Forrest Czarnecki | Collegian)

    Collegian | Forrest Czarnecki
  • Pedestrians cross in between the cars of a freight train that is stopped near the intersection of Mason and Laurel streets following a collision with a pedestrian at approximately 2:57 p.m. Feb. 7. One fatality was confirmed by Fort Collins Police Services. (Forrest Czarnecki | Collegian)

    Collegian | Forrest Czarnecki
  • A Fort Collins Community Service Officer controls traffic in front of a stopped freight train near the intersection of Mason and Mulberry streets following a train and pedestrian collision at approximately 2:57 p.m. Feb. 7. One fatality was confirmed by Fort Collins Police Services. (Forrest Czarnecki | Collegian)

    Collegian | Forrest Czarnecki
  • A freight train is stopped near the intersection of Mason and Mulberry streets following a collision with a pedestrian at approximately 2:57 p.m. Feb. 7. One fatality was confirmed by Fort Collins Police Services. (Forrest Czarnecki | Collegian)

  • A Fort Collins Community Service Officer controls traffic in front of a stopped freight train near the intersection of Mason and Mulberry streets following a train and pedestrian collision at approximately 2:57 p.m. Feb. 7. One fatality was confirmed by Fort Collins Police Services. (Forrest Czarnecki | Collegian)

    Collegian | Forrest Czarnecki
  • The shadows of a railroad crossing sign are seen on the car of a stopped freight train near the intersection of Mason and Mulberry streets following a train and pedestrian collision at approximately 2:57 p.m. Feb. 7. One fatality was confirmed by Fort Collins Police Services. (Forrest Czarnecki | Collegian)

    Collegian | Forrest Czarnecki
  • Greg Taylor clears snow from the sidewalk in front of his store while a stopped freight train sits near the intersection of Mason and Mulberry streets following a train and pedestrian collision at approximately 2:57 p.m. Feb. 7. One fatality was confirmed by Fort Collins Police Services. (Forrest Czarnecki | Collegian)

    Collegian | Forrest Czarnecki
  • A pedestrian crosses the cars of a stopped freight train near the intersection of Mason and Laurel streets following a train and pedestrian collision at 2:57 p.m. Feb. 7. One fatality was confirmed by Fort Collins Police Services. (Austin Fleskes | Collegian)

    Collegian | Forrest Czarnecki
  • Traffic builds around the Oval due to the train collision that occurred Feb. 7, 2019 (Austin Fleskes | Collegian)

  • A stopped freight train sits near the intersection of Mason and Laurel streets following a train and pedestrian collision at 2:57 p.m. Feb. 7. One fatality was confirmed by Fort Collins Police Services. (Austin Fleskes | Collegian)

    Collegian | Forrest Czarnecki
  • A pedestrian crosses the cars of a stopped freight train near the intersection of Mason and Laurel streets following a train and pedestrian collision at 2:57 p.m. Feb. 7. One fatality was confirmed by Fort Collins Police Services. (Austin Fleskes | Collegian)

    Collegian | Forrest Czarnecki
  • A freight train is stopped near the intersection of Mason and Mulberry streets following a collision with a pedestrian at 2:57 p.m. Feb. 7. One fatality was confirmed by Fort Collins Police Services. (Forrest Czarnecki | Collegian)

    Collegian | Forrest Czarnecki
  • A Fort Collins police officer blocks Laurel street following following a train and pedestrian collision at 2:57 p.m. Feb. 7. One fatality was confirmed by Fort Collins Police Services. (Austin Fleskes| Collegian)

    Collegian | Forrest Czarnecki
  • A stopped freight train sits near the intersection of Mason and Laurel streets following a train and pedestrian collision at 2:57 p.m. Feb. 7. One fatality was confirmed by Fort Collins Police Services. (Forrest Czarnecki | Collegian)

    Collegian | Forrest Czarnecki
  • Greg Taylor looks at a stopped freight train near the intersection of Mason and Laurel streets following a train and pedestrian collision at 2:57 p.m. Feb. 7. One fatality was confirmed by Fort Collins Police Services. (Austin Fleskes | Collegian)

    Collegian | Forrest Czarnecki
  • A stopped freight train sits near the intersection of Mason and Laurel streets following a train and pedestrian collision at 2:57 p.m. Feb. 7. One fatality was confirmed by Fort Collins Police Services. (Austin Fleskes | Collegian)

    Collegian | Forrest Czarnecki
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CSU’s Public Safety Team advised students to avoid College Avenue and the east side of campus. Students and faculty should enter or exit campus from the west off of Shields Street.

A third and fourth text alert sent at 4:30 p.m. advised that all traffic on and off campus between the railroad tracks and College remains blocked from Mulberry to Prospect. Students are advised to avoid the area and to not crawl over stopped train for access. 

Instead, if students need to leave or enter campus, the Safety Team advises students to use the underpass below tracks east of Johnson Hall and the west of Glen Morris Field House.

The Collegian News Desk can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @CSUCollegian.

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