UPDATE: One Person Dies After Getting Hit by Train

UPDATED Monday, April 12, 2010 --- 6:34 p.m.

THERESA, Wis. (AP) -- The 45-year-old man hit and killed by a freight train in the Theresa Marsh on Saturday afternoon has been identified.

The Reporter of Fond du Lac reports Monday that Dodge County officials say he's Robert Koepsel of Jackson, who was pronounced dead at 3:35 p.m.

He had been walking on the tracks with a friend on their way to a fishing spot when, according to sheriff's Capt. Molly Soblewski, they heard the train whistle behind them.

She says they tried to make it to a pedestrian crossing. When they saw they weren't going to make it, the friend jumped off the track but Koepsel didn't make it.

Soblewski says the conductor of the train saw Koepsel walking outside the actual track, but he was too close and was hit by the train.

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UPDATED Sunday, April 11, 2010 --- 7:15 a.m.

THERESA, Wis. (AP) — Dodge County authorities say a man has died after he was hit by a freight train.

It's the second train-related death in Wisconsin in as many days.

Dodge County Sheriff Todd Nehls tells The Reporter of Fond du Lac the more recent fatality happened Saturday about 1:30 p.m.

He says a 35-year-old Washington County man and a friend were walking along the tracks when they heard a train coming. He says they tried to outrun it. The friend jumped off a steep embankment and landed unhurt in a marsh, but the victim was struck and killed.

The train was operated by Canadian National Railroad. Railroad spokeswoman Julie Senecal says the death is a tragic reminder that it's not only illegal but dangerous to trespass on railway property.

Another person died Friday in Milwaukee County after being struck by a train.

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Posted Saturday, April 10, 2010 --- 6:06 p.m.

Authorities say one person is dead after getting hit by a freight train. The incident happened at about 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Dodge County.

The Sheriff's Office says a man was walking down the railroad tracks when he was hit by the train in the Theresa Marsh.

There's no word on the exact details of the incident and the man's name has not been released pending notification of family members.

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