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Wind Aids Fatal Accident 

The Dakotan
 November 6, 2022
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Lamoure County  

What: Fatal  

Where: Highway 281 MM 41.6, 10 Miles north of Edgeley  

When: 11-6-2022 9:07 AM  

Road Conditions: Good  

Weather Conditions: high wind  

Crash Involvement: 2 vehicle  

Type of Crash: side impact collision  

Agencies Involved: NDHP, Lamoure County SO, Edgeley Ambulance, Edgeley Fire and Rescue  

Vehicle No. 1: 2014 Western Star pulling a 2015 Polar tanker trailer

Driver No. 1: Paul Bowen, 46; Glendive, MT, No injuries  

Restraints: Seatbelt  

Charges: None  

Vehicle No. 2: 2014 Ford F150 pulling empty enclosed trailer  

Driver No. 2: John Woehl, 69; Kulm, ND; serious injuries  

Restraints: No Seatbelt  

Charges: None  

Passenger No. 2: Female, 64; Kulm, ND; Fatal  

Restraints: No Seatbelt  

NARRATIVE: Both vehicles were northbound on Highway 281. Around MM 41.6 Western Star began passing the slower traveling Ford. The trailer behind the Ford was flipped by the wind and detached, pulling the back end of the Ford to the right, causing the Ford to rotate left into the southbound lane. The Western Star, who was passing, applied brakes and struck the Ford in the driver side door. The Ford then overturned onto the passenger side facing northwest in the southbound lane. The Western Star pulled to the southbound shoulder after impact.  

The occupants of the Ford had to be extricated before being transported to Jamestown Regional Medical Center. The passenger of the Ford was pronounced deceased at the hospital. The driver of the Western Star was not injured. The crash remains under investigation by the North Dakota Highway Patrol. 

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