Isanti man in critical condition after being struck by train

An Isanti man is in critical condition after being struck by a train at 2 a.m. on Monday, May 20.

The Isanti Police Department responded to a report of a pedestrian struck by a north bound Burlington Northern Sante Fe train within the city of Isanti. The incident occurred approximately 1,000 feet south of Main Street.

Train employees observed something laying between the rails and performed an emergency stop procedure. The train did pass over the object between the rails, which was a person, identified as Chad Rolstad of Isanti.

Officers from Isanti Police Department initially responded and rendered medical care to Rolstad along with the Isanti Fire District. Medical helicopters were not able to fly due to weather, so Rolstad was transported via Allina Ambulance to Mercy Hospital and is listed in critical condition.

“Everyone needs to only cross tracks at proper intersections and never walk, sit or lay down on the tracks,” reminded Isanti Mayor George Wimmer.

Assisting the Isanti Police Department were the Isanti Fire District, Minnesota State Patrol, Isanti County Sheriff’s Office, Allina Ambulance, BNSF Police Department and Cambridge Police Department.