- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 6, 2015

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - The head of Larimore Public Schools says the bus driver who was killed in a train collision was a longtime valuable member of the faculty and well-liked by students and staff.

Sixty-two-year-old Max Danner was driving the bus that collided with an empty BNSF freight train Monday afternoon. One 17-year-old student was killed and 12 other students were injured, including seven girls between the ages of 5 and 15 and five boys between 6 and 16.

Superintendent Roger Abbe says he has known Danner for 30 years and calls his death a huge loss for the community of about 1,400 people.

Abbe says Danner developed outstanding vocational agriculture and FFA programs at the school. Some of Danner’s classes were carpentry, engines, welding, livestock and introduction to agriculture.

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