- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A Larimore couple who helped care for injured students in the moments after a school bus collided with a freight train earlier this month are U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp’s guests for President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address.

The North Dakota Democrat invited Richard and Susan Lunski to Washington for the Tuesday night speech. Each senator gets one ticket for a guest, and Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson gave Heitkamp his ticket so she could invite both husband and wife.

They live near the scene of the Jan. 5 crash and helped care for students until emergency crews arrived.

The crash killed the 62-year-old bus driver, Max Danner, and 17-year-old student Cassidy Sandstrom. Twelve more students were injured. The cause is still being investigated.

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