Student, bus driver killed in train-school bus crash near Grand Forks

A 17-year-old student and a bus driver near Grand Forks, N.D. were killed in a train and bus collision on Monday afternoon after the bus driver failed to yield.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol confirmed a Larimore Public Schools bus was traveling north on a gravel road about 30 minutes west of Grand Forks around 3:46 p.m. when it was struck on the passenger side near the doors by a westbound BNSF train.

The bus driver, 62, and a 17-year-old girl were ejected from the school bus and killed and at least 12 student passengers were injured. There were 14 people on the bus at the time of the collision after some students had already been dropped off.

Forum News reported the bus failed to yield near the intersection of Grand Forks County Road 4. The intersection is equipped with a stop sign and railroad signs, but there are no crossing arms. The front end of the bus was crushed and was facing the tracks.

The Larimore Elementary School principal, the superintendent and several school board members were all on-scene, along with the North Dakota Highway Patrol, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, several Grand Forks sheriff's deputies and a deputy from the Larimore Police Department.

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