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Semitrailer driver injured in crash with train near Kensington

Echo Press photo by Al Edenloff A semitrailer collided with a train near Kensington Friday afternoon.

A semitrailer driver suffered serious injuries after crashing into a train near Kensington Friday.

The crash happened at about 12:20 p.m. on the Canadian Pacific Railroad tracks in Douglas County just east of the border with Grant County.

A preliminary investigation showed that the semitrailer driver, Jeffery Scott Klinkhammer, 52, of Moorhead, was working on a resurfacing project on Highway 55. He was traveling west on Highway 55 and turned north onto Sandy Hill Road/100th Avenue, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

The semi cab was struck on the passenger side by a westbound Canadian Pacific Railway train. Klinkhammer was ejected from the cab.

Klinkhammer was transported to the Douglas County Hospital. As of Tuesday morning, he remained hospitalized in stable condition.

No other injuries were reported.

Both sheriffs' offices from Douglas and Grant counties and the State Patrol responded to the scene. The Kensington Fire Department and First Responders, North and Hoffman Ambulances also assisted.

The crash remains under investigation by the sheriff's office and the State Patrol Commercial Vehicle Division.