Train, vehicle collide in Grand Forks


On Monday, at approximately 5:05 p.m., officers of the Grand Forks Police Department were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash in the 1600 block of Old Mill Road involving a train and a semi-truck.

Initial investigation determined that a BNSF train was traveling north bound on the tracks and struck an east bound semi-truck.  The semi-truck, driven by Travis Bitker, 31, of Bemidji, Minn., was traveling through yard of the State Mill at the time of the crash.  The BNSF train was traveling north bound at approximately five to 10 miles per hour on the track when it made contact with the semi-truck. There were no reported injuries. 

No charges have been forwarded at this time and the investigation is still open and active.  Anyone with any information regarding this case is asked to contact the police department by one of the following methods:

Call:  701-787-8000

Online:  Submit a tip via the GFPD’s Facebook or website

App:  Submit a tip via the Tip411 app