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After fatal Larimore train crash, Twin Cities families offer food, beds for loved ones of those involved

Cindy Sundet is doing what she can to help the families of those affected by the collision of a train and school bus Monday near Larimore, N.D., that killed the driver and one 17-year-old girl.

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A school bus sits at the scene of a collision with a BNSF train just south of County Road 4 east of Larimore, N.D.. Grand Forks Herald photo by Sarah Volpenhein.

Cindy Sundet is doing what she can to help the families of those affected by the collision of a train and school bus Monday near Larimore, N.D., that killed the driver and one 17-year-old girl.

"We're all ready to help, a number of us, in any way we can," she said.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Sundet had been in contact with five people in the Twin Cities area who are willing to offer their beds, prepare food, wash clothes or give rides to the families of any children hospitalized in the area as a result of the crash.

A dozen students on the bus were taken to hospitals across the region for injuries the night of the accident.

Grand Forks County Sheriff Bob Rost told the Grand Forks County Commission Tuesday that one of three children who were transferred from Altru to other hospitals was sent to Minneapolis to receive care.

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All of the volunteers in the Twin Cities are from Larimore and Sundet is confident more will offer their services as time goes on. She herself graduated from high school there in 1976.

"We've done this before for other people who have had people in the hospital," she said. "Anyone would do it, it's not hard to do. We just gather everybody and it all works out."

Sundet notified Larimore resident Sandra Larson that she had a group volunteers ready to help, and she in turn passed everyone's information on to local church officials.

" It's just Larimore ," Larson said. "We're just a big family and that's just how we roll."

While nobody had yet taken advantage of the volunteers as of Tuesday afternoon, Sundet said they are standing at the ready.

"It's so easy to make something," she said. "It's so easy to wash clothes and offer whatever they need. It's not a problem, seriously. Whatever we can do, and we know it would be likewise."

More on the crash:

Tragedy at the tracks: Student, driver killed after train and school bus crash

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Accident brings back painful memories for Larimore woman

Larimore man dragged injured student out from under bus after crash with train

After fatal Larimore train crash, Twin Cities families offer food, beds for loved ones of those involved

Larimore Strong: People react to fatal school bus crash in Larimore, North Dakota

Parents: Larimore crash victim tried to save students on bus

Victims of Larimore crash remembered by family, friends

Community raises funds for Larimore crash victims

Larimore Strong: Train-school bus crash aftermath shows many people try to help

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School bus crash likely to revive debate over bus seat belts

Fundraisers set for Larimore school bus-train crash victims

In Our Schools: FFA shows support for Larimore

More than 600 turn out for Larimore benefit

 

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