What: Two Vehicle Fatality Crash
Where: Highway 52 mile marker 73, 5 miles east of Carpio
When: 11/15/2022 approximately 4:10 PM CST
Road Conditions: Dry
Weather Conditions: Overcast
Crash Involvement: Two vehicle crossover SUV vs. school bus
Type of Crash: Right Angle
Agencies Involved: NDHP, Ward County Sheriff’s Office, Carpio Fire Department, Burlington Fire Department, Berthold Ambulance Service, Trinity First Response Ambulance, Stanley Ambulance
Vehicle No. 1: 2018 Ford Edge
Driver No. 1: Carmie Nelson, 89 years old, Kenmare, ND, Fatal
Passenger No. 1: Helen Nelson, 90 years old, Kenmare, ND, Serious Injury
Vehicle No. 2: 2005 Bluebird (School bus)
Driver No. 2: Janice Feickert, 77 years old, Berthold, ND, Uninjured
NARRATIVE: A school bus belonging to Lewis and Clark School District carrying seven juvenile students was traveling northbound on 209th St NW in Ward County. The bus stopped at the intersection with Highway 52 before continuing through the intersection. The bus failed to yield to oncoming traffic and was struck by a Ford Edge that was traveling westbound on Highway 52.
All students on the bus were uninjured. Carmie and Helen Nelson sustained serious injuries and were transported via ambulance to Trinity Health in Minot. On 11/18/2022 Carmie Nelson succumbed to his injuries sustained in the crash at Trinity Health-Minot.
The crash remains under investigation by the North Dakota Highway Patrol.