School bus driver, student killed in bus-train collision

Posted on January 6, 2015

LARIMORE, N.D. — On Monday, a school bus returning students home after school struck a train, killing the bus driver, Max Danner, and a 17-year-old girl, Grand Forks Herald reports.

About a dozen other students aboard the bus also suffered injuries, and were taken to hospitals across the region, according to the newspaper. On Tuesday, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said in a news release the crash injured 12 students, Grand Forks Herald reports.

The bus was traveling northbound on a gravel road at about 3:40 p.m. when it failed to yield to a stop sign and struck the westbound BNSF Railway train, ejecting several children from the bus, Lt. Troy Hischer of the Highway Patrol told the newspaper.

Larimore Public Schools officials arrived at the scene and worked to locate all of the children’s parents, according to Grand Forks Herald. School board members gathered with administration at Larimore Junior-Senior High School to meet with parents, and counselors were made available for students, the newspaper reports.

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Related Topics: fatalities, North Dakota, school bus crash

Comments ( 7 )
  • Michael O Manning

     | about 5 years ago

    Hello, First my thoughts and prayers are with the families. Second, I do not wish in any way to take away from the story, but I must comment on seat belts on a bus....I stand firm against them. I only add this to show my reason for my position..." we had a tragic bus crash here years ago, "KY. 1988", had there been seat belts used it would most likely have been much worse. As it was we lost 24 students and 3 adults. The amount of time it takes or would take to get the students out of the belts and off the bus can cost too many lives. Yes our tragedy involved a bus fire as well as lack of appropriate emergency exits. The issue of exits as well as other safety issues has been and still is being addressed and had made great strides toward a safer bus for the students. I feel that seat belts would more often than not take away from that safety. I also understand there are an occasional incident where a seat belt may be an aid, however I feel buses are built safe and in most incidents seat belt would be a detractor from safety.

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