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Published September 24, 2012, 06:04 PM

NDSU using RAs to help after train-student death

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Police believe alcohol was a factor in the death of an NDSU student, hit by an Amtrak train over the weekend.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Police believe alcohol was a factor in the death of an NDSU student, hit by an Amtrak train over the weekend.

Police say 18-year-old Colby Anderson was crossing the train tracks early Sunday morning when he was hit.

It happened at an unmarked intersection, close to Dakota Drive and 18th Street South.

Police say Colby was walking with three friends.

Colby was a recent North High grad, in his first semester at NDSU.

The University already brought in counselors to comfort classmates, and has a plan to prevent accidents like this from happening in the future.

NDSU says as soon as it heard about the accident, staff contacted RAs in Colby's dorm, and immediately offered counseling, especially classmates who may not know where to turn.

Rian Nostrum, Dir. of Res. Life: "Our students are coming from all over the country and the world, so the people they would lean on first and foremost may traditionally be a family member and they may not have that available.”

NDSU says RAs will keep in close contact with students, making sure they know where to go for help healing.

In addition, the school says once it hears more from police, it could possibly turn the tragedy into a teaching tool.

Nostrum: "As the facts of the case come out, if there are opportunities to enforce that through the grieving process, we would do that."

NDSU says safety is a top priority. It says from Day 1, there's an emphasis on pro-active education - urging students to make sound, safe decisions.

Fargo North says its counselors cleared their schedules to comfort current high school students.

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