KHRT ND News – 09/27/21

KHRT NEWS – MONDAY – 092721 – 1200
 
MINNEAPOLIS – Amtrak services will not not operate west of St. Paul until at least Tuesday following the derailment that killed three people in Montana over the weekend. At around 4 p.m. Saturday, an Amtrak train was derailed near Joplin, Montana. Eight of the train’s ten cars were derailed, and three people were killed of the 141 passengers and 7 crew members. More than 50 were injured. As a result of the crash, westbound Amtrak Empire Builder trains from Chicago will terminate in St. Paul through Tuesday. No substitute transportation is currently available, according to Amtrak. Trains will also not operate between Seattle and St. Paul and Portland and St. Paul.
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MINOT, ND – An explosion caused a residential house fire in southwest Minot early this morning. The Minot Fire Department was dispatched to a reported explosion at 1200 2nd Avenue SW at 1:35 a.m. Firefighters were informed that the house was heavily consumed with fire, and that the occupants had not been accounted for. Fire crews quickly knocked down the fire that had engulfed the rear of the home and extinguished the flames spreading toward adjacent structures. Crews initiated search and rescue operations on all three floors until they could account for all occupants. A pedestrian walking by the home when the incident occurred alerted the individuals inside to evacuate immediately. No one was injured during the incident. The cause of the explosion and fire are under investigation.
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FARGO, N.D. (AP) – Two people have died and three others have been injured in an interstate crash near Fargo. The North Dakota Highway Patrol says the accident happened Sunday in a construction zone on Interstate 29 when a pickup truck crossed the center line and struck an SUV head on. Both drivers were killed. The patrol identified them as 66-year-old Ricky Allen Pender, of Moorhead, Minnesota and 27-year-old Skylur Herman Koch, of Fargo. A passenger in the pickup and two others in the SUV suffered serious injuries. The injured were taken to Essentia Health and Sanford Hospital, both in Fargo.
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BISMARCK, ND – Active cases of COVID-19 in North Dakota are at 3,316 today, down 288 since Friday. Information from the Department of Health lists 219 new positives today and 361 new recoveries. Hospitalizations are up 12 since Friday to 133, with 21 of those in ICU. There have been 7 deaths since Friday among those positive with COVID (1604).
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MINOT, ND – The Domestic Violence Crisis Center in Minot and the North Dakota Fraternal Order of Police – Souris Valley Regional Lodge #7 a partnering throughout the month of October to host a non-perishable food drive to help restock the DVCC food pantry in the emergency shelter. Donations of “shelf stable” foods such as mac and cheese, soup, ramen, hamburger helper, instant mashed potatoes, cereal, snacks, taco kits, etc. are requested. Donations can be dropped off at: Minot PD, Velva City Hall, and the Sheriff’s Offices of Renville, Bottineau, Pierce, and McHenry Counties.
 
 
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KHRT NEWS – MONDAY – 092721 – 0700
 
JOPLIN, Mont. (AP) – Investigators are seeking the cause for the weekend derailment of an Amtrak train in far northern Montana that killed three people. Seven people remained hospitalized Sunday but were in stable condition. The Empire Builder train was westbound when the derailment occurred about 4 p.m. Saturday just outside the tiny community of Joplin. Nearby residents rushed to the scene to help first responders attend to the roughly 160 passengers and crew. National Transportation Safety Board investigators are looking into the cause of the accident, which occurred near a switch on the tracks. The Empire Builder runs between Chicago and Seattle.
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MAKOTI, N.D. (AP) – The first car jumping attempt in five years by North Dakota’s version of Evil Knievel ended in disaster when the car driven my the man known as the Flying Farmer corkscrewed off the ramp and rolled. Authorities say 57-year-old John Smith was alert after the crash Saturday at a rural gravel pit and that he even tried to pull himself out of the car while talking to rescuers. He was eventually cut out and taken by a medical helicopter to a hospital, according to firefighters. The extent of his injuries wasn’t known. The crowd of about 300 spectators went silent when Smith crashed. The Bismarck Tribune reports that his family members, including his daughters and wife Melinda, reacted emotionally, running to the mangled car.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The driver of a Pierce County prisoner transport van involved in a fatal crash last month has been charged with misdemeanor reckless endangerment. Court documents allege 58-year-old Geraldine Miller, of Towner, failed to stop and yield the right of way at an intersection. Philemena Evenson, of Tacoma, Washington, was killed in the crash. She was a passenger in a vehicle that collided with the prisoner transport van on Aug. 4 at an intersection between McClusky and Goodrich. Three people in the prisoner transport van were taken to hospitals. Miller is a correctional officers with the Rugby jail.
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MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) – A man with a felony record has pleaded guilty to illegally possessing a gun that he left with four unsupervised children in his Moorhead home, where one of the children accidentally shot and killed the man’s 6-year-old cousin. Phillip N. Jones, Jr., 34, entered his plea Thursday in St. Paul in connection with the death of Marcellus Dixon, who was shot and killed on March 21 at an apartment. The plea deal seeks a prison term of up to 4 years and nine months. Jones has felony convictions that include attempted drive-by shooting, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
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FARGO, N.D. (AP) – Two people have died and three others have been injured in an interstate crash near Fargo. The North Dakota Highway Patrol says the accident happened Sunday in a construction zone on Interstate 29 when a pickup truck crossed the center line and struck an SUV head on. Both drivers were killed. The patrol identified them as 66-year-old Ricky Allen Pender, of Moorhead, Minnesota and 27-year-old Skylur Herman Koch, of Fargo. A passenger in the pickup and two others in the SUV suffered serious injuries. The injured were taken to Essentia Health and Sanford Hospital, both in Fargo.
 
 
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