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" State St. Cloud (Minn.) Times Wed., Nov. 21 , 1 990 Bus safety reviewed after fatal train crash ALEXANDRIA (AP) The use of stereos on school buses and school bus drivers' training procedures will be reviewed in the wake of a school bus-train accident that claimed two lives, a state official said. A stereo playing loud music from a rock station may have prevented the bus driver from hearing the locomotive's warning horn moments before the bus and train collided, authorities said at a news conference Tuesday. A side-view mirror mounted on the bus also may have impaired the driver's vision and contributed to Friday's accident at a railroad crossing in downtown Miltona, authorities said at a news conference to review results of a preliminary investigation. Paul Tschida, state commissioner of public safety, said the review could lead to changes in state regulations regarding bus safety. The accident killed the driver, 66-year-old Fred Beman, and Kristian Rindahl, 9, of rural Carlos. Twenty-one students were injured in the crash. Douglas County Sheriff Terry Eilers said that the driver failed to stop at the railroad crossing. "If he (the bus driver) would have come to a proper stop as school buses are supposed to and taken a look, this accident would not have happened," Eilers said. School bus drivers are required to stop at all railroad crossings. Sgt. Gabe Pipo of the Sheriffs Department said Beman's vision may have been slightly obstructed by a microphone cord hanging from a two-way radio, or by the front corner post of the bus. Other factors being considered as causes of the accident are the possibility that Beman was preoccupied or that he'd become complacent by making the crossing uneventfully every day, said Pipo. While those factors may have played contributing roles, Beman's failure to stop the bus was a crucial factor, Eilers said. "That was a major no no," he said. "We have established that from the speed of the bus at impact, it was not possible for him to come to a full stop," said Eilers, who would not say how fast the bus was traveling at impact. State officials at the news conference said the accident has led to a revaluation of safety signals and conditions at the crossing and may result in a general review of safety at crossings statewide. But not all crossings can be made safe enough to prevent all accidents, as long as humans are driving over them, they said. "You can put all kinds of possible causes and factors and probabilities into it, but unless the driver obeys the law and makes sure the track is clear, the other factors don't mean much," said Eilers. Eilers said his office will add its voice to a recommendation for some type of modification, such as a warning light and gate, at the crossing. Abducted banker's car found in ramp MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The luxury car used in the kidnapping of a bank executive was recovered five blocks from the abduction site as investigators worked to narrow the search for the lone abductor, authorities said. First Bank System Chairman John Grundhofer's 1990 Mercedes Benz 560 was found with its driver's window down on the top level of a downtown parking garage around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, FBI special agent Jeff Jamar said. A passer-by spotted the car and re cognized its license plates from news reports, he said. Investigators couldn't immediately check the car for fingerprints and other clues because it was wet from rain. 'It has to dry on its own before we can put fingerprint dust on it," FBI spokesman Byron Gigler said. The Minneapolis bomb squad checked the car for explosives because of reports that Grundhofer's abductor claimed that he had attached dynamite to the executive's wrist. No explosives were found and the car was towed to the Minneapolis impound lot, where it was searched for evidence Tuesday night. Investigators planned to examine the car again today. Ramp security officials said there are surveillance cameras in the garage, but said the FBI advised them not to comment on whether the videotapes had been turned over to federal agents. Grundhofer was kidnapped by a lone gunman shortly after 8 a.m. Monday when he entered the bank's parking ramp. He was ordered to phone in a ransom demand via his car phone, but ST.PAUL(AP) A$2.5billion, 175-mile toll road that would circle Minneapolis and St. Paul would be built with private funds, but ownership of the beltline would revert to state ownership after 35 years, planners say. Participants in the venture will seek authority from the 1991 Legislature to build and operate a private tollway. If approved, construction would start next fall, said Michael Tangen, vice president of API Group, a construction holding company. "We want to put bulldozers in the ground next September," Tangen said. "We feel we can open it by 1995." Minnesota has a toll bridge spanning the Red River at Moorhead, but there are no public or private toll roads in the state. SANTA CLAUS will be calling some of his friends from Dec 3rd to Dec 23rd If you would like him to call someone you know simply call Santa's elves at to make an appointment with SANTA CLAUS 1 I Doug Dingmann Dingmann Funeral Home CAN WE PHONE YOJ AT NIGHT IN EMERGENCIES? Yes. We are here to serve your needs 24 hours a day, seven days a week! There's always someone on hand to help you in your hours of need. Our funeral home has 24-hour coverage, including holidays. We recognize the need for "round-the-clock" availability for you and your family. 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