Green Line train kills Shana Buchanan, controversial Twin Cities attorney

Emergency personnel gather at the scene of Sunday's accident.
Emergency personnel gather at the scene of Sunday's accident.

-- Update at bottom --

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner confirmed this morning that the woman killed by a Green Line train around 10:15 a.m. Sunday is Shana Gail Buchanan, a controversial Twin Cities attorney who we wrote about back in 2012.

Buchanan, 42, reportedly tried to cross the tracks near the Westgate station when she was struck by an eastbound train. Warning lights were flashing and a warning bell was ringing, but Buchanan might not have heard it, as she was wearing headphones at the time.

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Here's another photo from the scene:

Buchanan's death is the first fatality involving the Green Line, which began service on June 14.

Buchanan came under scrutiny from the Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board for allegedly repeatedly agreeing to take on a client's appeal, getting paid, but then doing no legal work and ignoring clients' attempts to communicate with her.

After we wrote about that scandal back in February 2012, Buchanan took to our comments section to defend herself.

:::: UPDATE ::::

Metro Transit sent us the following statement detailing the circumstances of the incident that claimed Buchanan's life:

At about 10:15 a.m. Sunday an eastbound Green Line train struck a pedestrian attempting to cross the tracks at the Westgate station. The female individual was deceased when emergency personal arrived. About 40 passengers on the train were transported by bus to other destinations. No injuries were reported on the train.

All warning signals at the crossing where the pedestrian was struck looked to be functioning properly but for some reason it appeared the pedestrian did not see or hear the train. Train service was disrupted for about two hours. Buses replaced trains between Prospect Park Station and Raymond Station during this time.

The light rail operator will undergo drug and alcohol testing, per protocol. Metro Transit police continue to investigate.

This is the first fatality on the Green Line since it opened in June. This is the third instance in which a Green Line train has contacted a pedestrian.

h/t -- Mara Gottfried

Send your story tips to the author, Aaron Rupar. Follow him on Twitter @atrupar.

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