LIDGERWOOD, N.D. — Four students were brought to the hospital Thursday afternoon, Dec. 19, after the school bus they were aboard was struck by a train at a Richland County railroad crossing.

The crash was reported about 3:40 p.m., shortly after school ended, when a bus carrying 18 students was headed north through a railroad crossing on the northeast outskirts of Lidgerwood, according to North Dakota Highway Patrol Capt. Bryan Niewind.

A slow-moving eastbound train hit the bus on its rear driver-side axle, causing it to rotate counterclockwise and roll onto its passenger side, Niewind said.

Lidgerwood School Board President Sadie Siemieniewski said three students were taken to the hospital by ambulance. Niewind later said that a fourth student was airlifted to a Fargo hospital, though he added that the bus passengers were "very lucky" no one suffered serious injuries. The patrol's crash report did not list any injuries for the 69-year-old bus driver.

The names, ages and genders of the injured students had not been released Thursday. Lidgerwood Public School said the bus carries students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

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Siemieniewski said Thursday evening that the Lidgerwood girls basketball game that was scheduled for Thursday night was canceled.

Investigators from the North Dakota Highway Patrol could be seen reconstructing the crash Thursday night and were still on scene around 7:30 p.m. Niewind said the patrol is releasing more information on Friday.

Lidgerwood is about 75 miles southwest of Fargo.

Officials take measurements where a train and school bus collided at Second Street and Fourth Avenue Northeast in Lidgerwood, N.D., on Thursday, Dec. 19. David Samson / The Forum
Officials take measurements where a train and school bus collided at Second Street and Fourth Avenue Northeast in Lidgerwood, N.D., on Thursday, Dec. 19. David Samson / The Forum