PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. -- Authorities today confirmed that a person was struck and killed by a train Sunday in Prairie du Chien.

Police have not released the name of the person, who died at the scene. 

The incident occurred at about 8:40 p.m. Sunday near the 500 block of East Blackhawk Avenue. Police reported that a southbound Burlington Northern Santa Fe locomotive struck the person just north of the railroad crossing.

Several railroad crossings in the city were blocked for about five hours after the incident. 

“This incident remains an active investigation with further interviews taking place over the next 24-48 hours," said Police Chief Kyle Teynor in the release issued this afternoon. "Our department will not be releasing speculation as to the events that lead to this tragedy. Unfortunately, we investigate many cases that we will never know or understand the entire reasoning for the events that take place. The person that lost their life was loved by many and will be incredibly missed.”

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