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Bulldozer Driver Killed in Amtrak Collision

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One person was killed Monday evening after the bulldozer he was driving was struck by an Amtrak train in far western North Dakota.

The Highway Patrol reports 45-year-old Dennis L. McQueen died of his injuries after being flown to a Williston hospital.

Jim Olson was on scene near Fort Buford early this morning, and has more on the incident that is still under investigation.

(Jim Olson, KX News) "This is where the accident happened last night, at mile marker 140 on the railroad tracks west of Trenton. It's very close to Fort Buford and Fort Union along Highway 1804. It happened when a bulldozer strayed onto the tracks as the train approached. Two engineers in the Amtrak train were injured and taken to Mercy Medical Center in Williston but Amtrak officials tell us their injuries were minor. Meanwhile the investigation continues to try to figure out why that bulldozer strayed onto the track, an active track with many trains every day. The driver of the vehicle was killed in the accident. The Highway Patrol continues its investigation as do officials with BNSF and Amtrak to try to figure out exactly what happened. By 1:15am, the train and its passengers were back on track, headed east on the Empire Builder route, thanks to a locomotive provided by Burlington Northern Santa Fe, with the whole thing towing along that disabled locomotive that had struck the bulldozer. Reporting near Fort Buford, Jim Olson, KX News."

A total of 326 people were on board the Amtrak train's 13 cars at the time of the accident about 7:30 last night, and again, there were no injuries among passengers on the train.

However the driver of the bulldozer, 45-year-old Dennis McQueen of Williston, was killed in the crash.

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