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One killed in train-vehicle crash near Sabin, Minn.

Wreckage is collected from the scene of a vehicle versus train collision Sunday, Feb.2, 2014, in Sabin, Minn. (David Samson / Forum Communications)

SABIN, Minn. – A Sabin man was killed and his wife was airlifted to a Fargo hospital Sunday afternoon following a train/vehicle crash just south of Sabin.

According to Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist:

Gloria Briden, 83, was the driver of a vehicle driving on Clay County Road 67 just south of Sabin about 1:40 p.m. Sunday when the vehicle was struck by a BNSF train traveling on Otter Tail Valley Railroad tracks.

She was taken by air ambulance to Sanford Health in Fargo with serious injuries, Bergquist said.

Briden’s husband, William Briden, 91, a passenger in the vehicle, died at the scene, according to Bergquist, who said the couple’s home is just a few yards from the intersection where the crash occurred and the train collided with their vehicle moments after it left their property.

Bergquist said the train involved consisted of a small number of train engines linked together.

The train crossing at that location is marked by signs but there are no crossing arms at the intersection, said Bergquist, who added is not unusual for the Sheriff’s Department to see intersection crashes involving victims who lived nearby.

He said William Briden’s remains will be sent to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

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