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Forum News Service, Published December 07 2013

Bemidji truck driver killed in crash with Amtrak train

BEMIDJI, Minn. – A Bemidji semi driver was killed Friday in a collision with an Amtrak train.

Donald Ray Hedlund Sr., 57, was driving a 2011 Kenworth flatbed tractor-trailer in Fawn Lake Township in Todd County around 2:30 p.m. when he failed to stop at a train crossing, according to a report by the St. Cloud Times. Road conditions were not a major factor in the crash.

Hedlund was pronounced dead at the scene. Two Amtrak passengers were reported to have been taken to Lakewood Hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening. Several other passengers reportedly had minor injuries and were not hospitalized.