January 5, 2015

Two dead, a dozen injured in North Dakota train-school bus crash (VIDEO)


A freight train and a school bus collided Monday in northeast North Dakota, killing the bus driver and a 17-year-old student, authorities said. At least 10 other people were injured.


The crash occurred about 3:46 p.m. (4:46 p.m. ET) on a gravel road near Larimore, about 20 miles west of Grand Forks, when the bus was struck on the right front side by the westbound BNSF Railway train, the state Highway Patrol said in a statement. The bus was transporting students from the Larimore Public Schools. The Highway Patrol wouldn't identify the victims, but it said the driver was 62 years old.


The Highway Patrol said only that there were "multiple injuries sustained by passengers." Altru Hospital in Grand Forks said it received 10 patients, six of whom were admitted and three of whom were transferred to other hospitals.


The 10th person was treated and released, the hospital said Monday night in a statement that gave no conditions for the injured.


Patrol Lt. Troy Hischer told The Grand Forks Herald that the intersection has a stop sign but that the bus driver failed to yield, Hischer said. There are no crossing arms at the intersection, but there are railroad signs, he said.



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