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Bus driver facing charges

A Hawley, Minn., school bus driver drove his bus, which was carrying children, around crossarms at a railroad crossing as a train approached, according to Clay County District Court documents.

A Hawley, Minn., school bus driver drove his bus, which was carrying children, around crossarms at a railroad crossing as a train approached, according to Clay County District Court documents.

David Duane Kronbeck, 57, was cited in January with violating a statute that requires school buses to stop at railroad crossings.

According to court records:

Railroad officials alerted Clay County officials to a near collision Jan. 18 between a train and a Hawley school bus.

A report from the railroad stated that the bus pulled onto railroad tracks as crossarms were being activated.

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The bus attempted to back up as the gates dropped and then proceeded around the lowered gates, the report said.

The train was traveling at about 60 mph, the report said.

School officials told a Clay County deputy that Kronbeck was placed on leave, pending the conclusion of the court matter, according to court documents.

Attempts to reach school officials for comment were not successful.

Kronbeck declined comment Monday.

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