- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - State and local officials are examining whether safety upgrades are needed at crossing near Larimore where a freight train and school bus collided.

The Monday afternoon crash killed 62-year-old driver Max Danner and 17-year-old student Cassidy Sandstrom, and injured 12 other students.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation on Wednesday sent a team to work with Grand Forks County officials on evaluating the crossing. State Transportation Director Grant Levi says the state also will help pay for any safety upgrades deemed necessary.

The intersection is marked with a crossbuck, which is a white “X” marked with the words “railroad crossing.” The post carrying the crossbuck also has a stop sign.

Any safety enhancements also would require approval by BNSF Railway.

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