2 seriously injured in Grand Forks collision with train

Grand Forks police, fire and BNSF officials respond to a car-train accident west of Grand Forks on 17th Avenue South Wednesday morning. Photo credit: Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald.

Story by Kevin Bonham

Two Grand Forks mosquito-control workers were severely injured Wednesday morning when their off-road utility vehicle was hit by a train on the west side of the city.

Kyle R. Johnson, 28, was in critical condition and Jonathan A. Bartel, 22, was in serious condition, according to Altru Hospital, where the two were taken after the accident.

Both men are Grand Forks residents and were on duty at the time of the accident.City spokesman Kevin Dean confirmed their employment with the city Wednesday.

The accident happened around 8:30 a.m. at the BNSF railroad crossing on 17th Avenue South, just west of the city’s Industrial Park.

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