Bus-Train Collision at Unguarded Railroad Crossing in North Dakota Results in Injuries

Four students were injured recently when a 2018 Freightliner school bus collided with a train at an unguarded railroad crossing in Lidgerwood, North Dakota. The collision happened around 3:40 p.m. on Thursday, December 19, in Richland County. Almost twenty K-12 Lidgerwood Public School students were aboard the bus when it attempted to cross two sets of tracks along Fourth Avenue and was struck at a right angle on the rear driver’s side axle by a slow-moving Dakota, Missouri Valley and Western Railroad (DMVW) train. The bus was spun counterclockwise and rolled onto its passenger side. The junction where the incident…

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Sayler, Bolt Hoffer Boyd Secure Jury Verdict, Record Sanctions Against BNSF

A Minnesota appeals court recently upheld a $15,343,753 jury verdict award in the case of Scott Kowalewski versus BNSF Railway Company. The court also approved an additional $5,846,281 in sanctions, awarded for BNSF’s “pervasive” discovery abuses and destruction of critical evidence. The verdict is the largest FELA (Federal Employers Liability Act) ruling in Minnesota history, and the sanctions award is the largest of its kind in the nation. Despite the seriousness of Kowalewski’s injuries and the breadth of the railway company’s misconduct, BNSF’s offer both before trial and on appeal was $0. On January 14, 2014, Kowalewski and a co-worker…

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