Driver killed in collision with BNSF train was 80-year-old grandfather

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The driver killed when his vehicle was hit by a freight train south of Moorhead Saturday has been identified by his family.

The Fargo Forum reports the son of Gerald Sinclair, 80, of Fargo, confirmed the pickup involved in the accident when it was hit at a crossing by a BNSF train belonged to his father.

The truck burst into flames when it was hit by the train and then dragged about a third of a mile down the track.

The newspaper notes the driver was so badly burned they have not yet been officially identified, but Sinclair's family believe it is the 80-year-old.

In an obituary published in the newspaper Wednesday, it says that Sinclair "died suddenly in a car accident" on Saturday.

Originally from Minneapolis, Sinclair moved to North Dakota at the age of five. After marrying his wife Shirley, he went into the U.S. Army and was based near El Paso, Texas.

He moved back to North Dakota after he was honorably discharged and worked for 33 years in the engineering departments for NWB and US West. He is survived by two sons, two daughters, and four grandchildren.

According to Valley News Live, witnesses saw the pickup go through the crossing arms after they were down, with one of the arms sheared off in the incident.

The train was unable to stop in time, hitting the vehicle and pushing it down the track, the station notes. The collision is still being investigated.

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