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Wadena County train accident victim still hospitalized

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A man remained in Fargo's MeritCare Hospital on Tuesday after being struck by an Amtrak passenger train in downtown Perham on Friday.

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No condition report was available on Mark Lepper, 50, of Wadena County, according to MeritCare's house administrator.

Lepper was sent to Fargo with serious leg injuries and a possible broken pelvis, according to a report in the online version of the Detroit Lakes Tribune.

The incident occurred about 2:15 a.m. at the rail intersection on Third Avenue Southwest about 25 yards from Perham City Hall, the report said.

Lepper was struck by a westbound train. A second man, Robert Olson, 21, of Perham, was walking with Lepper, but was unhurt, according to Perham Police Officer Phillip Vaughn.

Police estimate that the train was traveling about 70 to 75 mph as the pair tried to dart across the tracks on foot.

They were about a half-block away from a designated rail crossing. Police said Amtrak was considering "trespassing" charges against the men.

A video of the incident, taken from the locomotive, will be reviewed by railroad and Perham police, said Police Chief Brian Nelson.

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