NEW INFORMATION: Train hits, kills Ladysmith man

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LADYSMITH, Wis. (LADYSMITH POLICE DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE) -- On February 11, 2014 at approximately 11:57 a.m. the Rusk County Sheriff’s Department Dispatch Center received a call from the Canadian National Railroad Police advising that one of their south bound trains had struck a pedestrian at the Lake Ave (U.S. Hwy 8) crossing in the City of Ladysmith.

The Ladysmith Police Department, Ladysmith Fire Department, Rusk County Sheriff’s Department, Wisconsin State Patrol and Ladysmith EMS responded to the scene. Officers located the pedestrian near the Miner Ave railroad crossing and later determined that the incident occurred at the Miner Ave crossing not Lake Ave (U.S. Hwy 8). The investigation caused downtown crossings to be down for over two hours and U.S. Hwy 8 traffic had to be detoured.

The pedestrian was identified as a 28 year old male from Ladysmith. The Ladysmith man was transported to the Rusk County Memorial Hospital where he died from his injuries. The man’s name will not be released at this time.

The Canadian National Police Department and the Rusk County Coroner’s Office are also conducting their own investigation regarding the circumstance of this case.

Lieutenant Kevin G. Julien
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) --The Wisconsin State Patrol says that all lanes of U.S. Highway 8 at the crash scene were open as of 2:13 p.m.
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) --A pedestrian was hit and killed by a train in Ladysmith.

A spokesperson from Canadian National Railway says it happened just before noon Tuesday on Highway 8. He says he does not know why the person was on the tracks. He also did not know the age or gender of the person. No one on the train was hurt.

He says there are lights, arms and gates at the crossing and they were activated at the time when the person was hit.

The road is blocked off in the area while crews investigate. We hope to have more information on our evening newscasts.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) --A crash has a stretch of highway in Ladysmith shut down in both directions.

The Wisconsin State Patrol says both the east and west lanes of U.S. Highway 8 are closed at County Road J because of a crash. It reported that the crash happened just before noon Tuesday. The closure could last two hours. The state patrol suggests that drivers headed east go north on State Highway 27 to Summit Avenue, then east to West 5th Street, and south back to highway 8. Reverse the directions if you're headed west.

There's no immediate word on how many vehicles were involved, or whether anyone was hurt. Sheriff Dave Kaminski says the Ladysmith Police Department is handling the incident. A message was left with the department seeking comment.