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Brooten man injured, charged in Grand Forks pickup-train crash

A submitted photo of the crashed 2003 Ford F-250 driven by a Brooten man, Jason Jost, that crashed into a BNSF train early Thursday morning on the western edge of Grand Forks, N.D.

 By Kevin Bonham

Grand Forks Herald

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The driver of a pickup truck that collided with a train in Grand Forks early Thursday has been identified.

Jason Jost, 33, Brooten, Minn., was seriously injured early Thursday when the pickup he was driving collided with a southbound BNSF Railway train along 32nd Avenue South at Grand Forks’ west city limits.

North Dakota Highway Patrol Jost was traveling eastbound on 32nd Avenue at about 2:20 a.m. when his pickup apparently crashed through a crossing guard and struck the side of the train.

“It hit further back on the cars. It wasn’t near the engine area,” Sgt. Greg Smith said. “The train didn’t stop. They may not even have been aware of it.”

After impact, the 2003 Ford F-250 pickup then rotated about 180 degrees and came to rest on the west side of the railroad tracks.

The crossing guard and the post on which it was attached were heavily damaged.

Jost was taken to Altru Hospital, where he was listed in serious but stable condition Thursday.

He has been charged with driving under the influence, driving without liability insurance, and failure to yield at a railroad crossing, according to Smith.

The Highway Patrol is continuing its investigation.

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