The driver, who was not wearing safety restraints, was ejected from the vehicle.

Sergeant Joe Knowski of the North Dakota Highway Patrol released a report of a fatality at 12:16 a.m. Monday morning on Main Street in Rugby.

According to the report, a 41-year-old male died as a result of a car/train crash.

The driver of a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox was stopped on the south side of the tracks near the barricade as if waiting for the train. The vehicle accelerated, went around the barricade in front of the train even though the barricades were down with warning lights flashing.

The train struck the Equinox on the passenger side. The driver, who was not wearing safety restraints, was ejected from the vehicle. The train was traveling at 40 to 45 miles per hour at the time of the incident.

Two BNSF employees were on the train and did not sustain injuries.

The name of the deceased will be released upon proper identification of next of kin. He was taken to the Heart of America Hospital in Rugby by the Rugby Ambulance. Responding to the accident were the Rugby Police Department, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, Rugby Fire and the NDHP.

The crash remains under investigation.