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AUSTIN EDITION State woman is critically injured in Lansing crash

By Tim Ruzek

truzek@postbulletin.com

A 28-year-old woman was critically injured early Saturday when the vehicle she was riding in crashed into a train stopped at a railroad crossing near Lansing.

Shannon Mae Boehnke, of Marietta, Minn., was flown by helicopter from the scene to Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester, where she underwent surgery for head and internal injuries, Mower County Sheriff Terese Amazi said. Boehnke remained in critical condition Monday afternoon, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

The incident occurred around 12:50 a.m. at the railroad crossing near Mower County Road 25 and 244th Street.

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Neil Alan Bauman, 26, of Blooming Prairie, told authorities he was northbound on County Road 25 when his vehicle crashed into a parked freight car, Amazi said.

Bauman said he didn't see the train, Amazi said.

After it crashed into the train, the vehicle was dragged a little way down the railroad track when the train began moving, Amazi said.

A deputy took Bauman, who had been walking around at the scene, to Austin Medical Center, she said.

Austin firefighters helped detach the vehicle from the train, which was on the Iowa, Chicago &; Eastern railroad, the sheriff said.

The vehicle had significant damage but the freight car only had minor dents, Amazi said.

The sheriff's department is investigating the crash. Boehnke wasn't wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, Amazi said.

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