LONG PRAIRIE -- Alcohol may have been involved in the death of a 12-year-old Staples girl hit by a train Oct. 4 in Philbrook, said a Todd County sheriff's official.
Sheri Lynn Dewald, a sixth-grader at Motley Staples Middle School, was killed after being struck by a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train near a friend's house, where she was attending a birthday party.
Todd County Sheriff's Investigator Wes Klema on Wednesday said apparently there was alcohol present at the party, and his office is going to send a report to the Todd County attorney's office for consideration of alcohol-related charges against several other juveniles at the party.
Klema said his office also is looking at who provided the alcohol to the juveniles.
"At this point the people involved are just the juveniles, but obviously they got (alcohol) from somewhere and that's what we're investigating," said Klema.
No arrests have been made in the incident, said Klema.
Dewald and at least one other girl were playing on the railroad tracks near the Todd County Road 28 intersection cross arms.
It appeared the girls knew the train was coming, Klema said, but Dewald was unable to get out of the way in time.
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