A school bus failed to yield to railroad crossing and stop signs and collided with an empty freight train in North Dakota yesterday afternoon, killing the bus driver and a 17-year-old student and injuring 12 other people, the Highway Patrol says. The accident happened on a gravel road a few miles east of Larimore in the northeastern part of the state, about 100 miles north of Fargo. A Highway Patrol spokesman says the train struck the bus on the passenger side, near the doors. The 62-year-old bus driver and a 17-year-old student were ejected from the vehicle and killed.
The ages of the students on the bus ranged from 5 to 17, the Highway Patrol spokesman says. Some of the injured suffered broken bones; three were in "very serious condition," he says, describing the scene as chaotic. He says it was a typical rural railroad crossing, with no crossing arms. "The train has the right of way" and the weather was clear at the time, the spokesman says. (Read more North Dakota stories.)