BRAINERD, Minn. -- A 38-year-old Brainerd man was struck and killed by a BNSF Railway train during the early morning hours Wednesday, July 11, in Brainerd, railroad officials reported.

The fatality was reported about 2:35 a.m. A BNSF statement from spokeswoman Amy McBeth said a person was lying on the tracks when the train approached. The person was not at a designated crossing, McBeth said.

Officers were able to identify the Brainerd man but his name is being withheld pending notification of family members. His body was transported to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office.

According to witnesses on the scene, the front engines of the coal train came to a screeching halt inside the BNSF Railway yard next to the Northern Pacific Center as the operator tried to stop for the man.