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Police: Drunk driver collides with train in Grand Forks

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A 33-year-old man was seriously injured early Thursday when his pickup collided with a train on 32nd Avenue South at Grand Forks’ western city limits.

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The state Highway Patrol said the Brooten, Minn., resident was driving east at about 2:20 a.m. when his pickup apparently crashed through a crossing guard and struck the side of a southbound BNSF Railway train.

“It hit further back on the cars. It wasn’t near the engine area,” said Sgt. Greg Smith with the Highway Patrol. “The train didn’t stop. They may not even have been aware of it.”

The patrol has not identified the man.

After impact, his 2003 Ford F-250 rotated about 180 degrees and came to rest on the west side of the tracks.

The crossing guard and the post on which it was attached were heavily damaged.

The driver was taken to Altru Hospital, where he was listed in serious but stable condition Thursday afternoon.

He is being charged with driving under the influence, driving without liability insurance, and failing to yield at a railroad crossing, according to Smith.

The Highway Patrol is continuing its investigation.

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