Cass County Vehicle/Train Crash *name update* – May 17, 2024

What: Serious Injury – Vehicle/Train Crash
Where: 154 Ave SE, 1 mile west of Casselton
When: 7:00 AM Central Time
Road Conditions: Good, Gravel
Weather Conditions: Overcast
Crash Involvement: Vehicle/Train
Type of Crash: Right angle
Agencies Involved: North Dakota Highway Patrol, Cass County Sheriff’s Office, Casselton
Vehicle No. 1: 2021 Toyota Tacoma
Driver No. 1: John Bauer, 43, Male, Omaha, Nebraska
Restraints: Seatbelt used, airbags deployed
Charges: Distracted Driving, DUI, Open container of an alcoholic beverage, Unlawful
possession of THC

A 2021 Toyota Tacoma was southbound on 154th Ave SE just west of Casselton. A Burlington
Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) train was traveling westbound on the rail line. Bauer failed to yield
and attempted to cross the railroad tracks. The BNSF train struck the front of the Toyota
causing it to spinout, strike a crossbucks sign and come to final rest facing south to the
northwest of the crossing. Bauer incurred serious injuries and was taken to Sanford Hospital,

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