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Published August 22, 2013, 04:05 PM

Passenger in vehicle/train crash upgraded to satisfactory condition, driver remains critical

22-year-old Jonathan Bartel, one of the two city workers involved in a train accident Wednesday morning, has improved from serious condition to satisfactory, according to Altru hospital. 28-year-old Kyle Johnson, however, still remains in critical condition.

By: Victor Correa, WDAZ

22-year-old Jonathan Bartel, one of the two city workers involved in a train accident Wednesday morning, has improved from serious condition to satisfactory, according to Altru hospital. 28-year-old Kyle Johnson, however, still remains in critical condition.

Johnson was driving a mosquito control vehicle westbound on 17th Avenue South with his passenger, Bartel. According to a preliminary investigation conducted by the police, it appeared that Johnson failed to yield to northbound train. The collision then sent the vehicle into a nearby ditch. Both men were transported to to Altru Hospital with serious injuries.

Federal regulation dictates that all BNSF trains sound the whistle whenever approaching a train crossing. The crew aboard the train that struck the mosquito control vehicle did sound their whistle, according to Amy McBeth, BNSF spokeswoman.

"I was sick to my stomach when I heard the news, and very concerned. And as everyone, you know, shocked, and how could this happen and why did this happen? But you're heart goes out to them and their families," said Mayor Michael Brown.

Mayor Michael Brown recently visited Bartel and said he's doing well.

"I said how are you doing, he said i'm fine, i'm doing great. And you know, if he's doing great we're doing great," said Brown.

The Grand Forks Police Department reported there is no new information and the investigation is ongoing.

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