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Train strikes semi near Dickinson

A train has struck a semi five miles southwest of Dickinson, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

Juan Gigena of Garland, Texas, was driving south on 115th Avenue Southwest at approximately 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday when he failed to see a BNSF Railroad train approaching the crossing from the east, according to a release. Once on the tracks Gigena, 37, saw the train and attempted to drive the vehicle off the tracks.

BNSF engineer Philip Tyra, who was operating the train, had the headlights on and activated the engine horn before arriving at the crossing. 

The train struck the side of the semi trailer. The semi overturned on the driver side and was drug approximately a quarter mile before coming to a complete stop.

No one was injured in the accident, according to the release. Gigena was wearing his seatbelt and was cited for failing to yield to a railroad crossing. 

The Stark County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the incident. The crash remains under investigation.

April Baumgarten
April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, as the news editor. She works with a team of talented journalists and editors, who strive to give the Grand Forks area the quality news readers deserve to know. Baumgarten grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family continues to raise registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college,  she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as the Dickinson city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.