Published October 18, 2022

One Dead in Bowman 

Written by
Kim Fundingsland
| The Dakotan

Two Vehicle Fatality Crash  

What: Fatality Crash  

Where: US Highway 85 MM 20 (2 miles north of Bowman) When: 10/17/2022 at 5:10 PM MDT  

Road Conditions: Good/Sunny  

Weather Conditions: Clear  

Crash Involvement: Vehicle/Vehicle  

Type of Crash: Rear-End and Rollover  

Agencies Involved: Bowman County Sheriff’s Department, ND Highway Patrol, Bowman Ambulance, Bowman Fire and Rescue, Bowman Police Department.  

Vehicle No. 1: 2002 Ford F150
Driver No. 1: Dennis Olson, 77-Year-old male, Bowman, ND-FATAL
Restraints: None used
Charges: None
Vehicle No. 2: 2005 Chevrolet Silverado
Driver No. 2: Dennis Clapper, 67-year-old male, Bowman, ND-No injuries
Restraints: Seatbelt in use
Charges: Under Investigation
Passenger No. 1: Sandra Clapper, 66-year-old female, Bowman, ND-No injuries
Restraints: Seatbelt in use

NARRATIVE: Chevrolet Silverado was traveling northbound on US Highway 85 north of Bowman. Silverado was in process of slowing down to make a right-hand turn. Ford F150 was also traveling northbound and had just passed a semi-truck. Ford then merged back into the right lane in between the semi and the Chevrolet. Ford rear ended the Chevrolet forcing the Chevrolet into the east ditch. Ford entered east ditch and rolled over. Driver of Ford was ejected from the vehicle. Driver of Ford was transported to Bowman Hospital by Bowman Ambulance where he was pronounced deceased. No injuries were sustained to the occupants of the Chevrolet. Crash is still under investigation. 

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