Cathy Jostad, sixty four, was driving the Kindred bus on a foggy morning close to right here Sept. 25, 2015, when a loaded farm truck pulled out in entrance of her from a gravel street onto Freeway forty six.
Miraculously, no college students have been badly harm when the bus slammed into the aspect of the trailer, however the influence crushed Cathy’s legs. Three different farm vans hit these automobiles quickly after.
Bob Jostad, a faculty bus driver himself and rural ambulance volunteer, rushed to assist whereas others labored to free his spouse from the wreckage.
Cathy was acutely aware all the forty minutes it took to free her and, throughout that point, Bob Jostad stated she pleaded with him repeatedly.
“You have to do one thing about this,” he stated his spouse stored saying, pointing towards the truck with its load of soybeans spilled over the roadway.
En path to a Fargo hospital, Cathy stopped respiration. Bob Jostad stated she was resuscitated however by no means regained consciousness. The mom of two, grandmother of two and lifelong lover of horses died every week later.
A Cass County prosecutor declined to file legal costs based mostly on a state trooper’s report that stated fog was a significant factor and that a number of drivers have been going too quick for the circumstances.
Jostad filed a civil lawsuit towards Eldon Burdick, the driving force of the primary truck. Jostad’s lawyer, Patrick Weir Jr., stated the go well with was lately settled out of courtroom and the phrases are confidential.
With authorized issues now behind him, Jostad feels free to do what his spouse requested—name for stricter licensing and extra coaching for individuals who drive farm vans.
“It has been hell on earth dwelling alone,” Jostad stated. “We have to hold extra grandmas from being killed, or anybody.”
Business licenses for all
Usually, a business driver’s license (CDL) is required for anybody driving a semi.
Nevertheless, farmers have lengthy had a CDL waiver beneath a federal regulation exemption, permitting them to rent anybody with a legitimate, common driver’s license to haul their crops.
Jostad thinks these drivers ought to have a CDL, with its obligatory medical exams and drug testing.
Whereas he acknowledges there’s far more at stake with a cargo of youngsters than a load of crops, he thinks the upper requirements ought to be met as a result of buses and vans share the street and sometimes move inside ft of each other at freeway speeds.
“This car and the whole lot its measurement is probably harmful,” Jostad stated, gesturing to one of many Kindred faculty buses.
Invoice Hejl, a rural Amenia, N.D., farmer, stated he’d be in favor of CDLs for farm drivers if it might…