[UPDATE] Bus Driver’s Name Released in Crash Involving Bus and Train Near Larimore
The driver of a Larimore school bus neglected to yield to an oncoming train, resulting in a crash that killed both the bus driver and a 17-year old on Monday afternoon, January 5th.
According to WDAZ, Altru Hospital received eight patients from the crash. Five of those patients had been admitted, while three had been transferred.
The North Dakota Highway Patrol released the following statement, regarding the crash:
On January 5, 2015 at approximately 3:46 pm, a Larimore public school bus was traveling northbound on a gravel road approximately one half mile east of Larimore. The school bus was struck on the passenger side near the doors by a westbound BNSF train. The 62 year old bus driver and a 17 year old student were ejected from the school bus and sustained fatal injuries. There were also multiple injuries sustained by passengers.
The North Dakota Highway Patrol is the primary investigating agency, assisted by the Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Department. The crash is still under investigation.
Additional information to include names will be released as the investigation continues.
The weather conditions at the time of the crash were clear.
[UPDATE, 1/6/14, 9:30am] - According to KFYR, the Larimore High School Superintendent says the driver of the bus was 62-year-old Max Danner, who taught carpentry, agriculture, engines, welding, and livestock at Larimore High School.
We will update this story as more information is made available.