Published May 25, 2023

Driver Killed by Rock 

Written by
Kim Fundingsland
| The Dakotan

ND Highway Patrol 

LaMoure County Fatal Crash- Hwy. 1 MM 41.25  

What: Two vehicle fatal crash  

Where: State Highway 1 milepost 41, eight miles north of Verona 

When: May 25th, 2023 at 8:11AM CST  

Road Conditions: Dry Pavement  

Weather Conditions: Clear skies  

Crash Involvement: Pickup vs. rock debris  

Type of Crash: A vehicle was struck by a loose rock  

Agencies Involved: LaMoure Ambulance, Oakes Ambulance, Verona FD, NDDOT, Lamoure County Sheriff’s Office, ND Highway Patrol  

Vehicle No. 1: 2019 Dodge Ram  

Driver No. 1: 58yr old male of Valley City, ND- Fatal  

Restraints: Seatbelt  

Charges: None  

Passenger No. 1: Gary Engstrom of Leeds, ND-Uninjured  

Restraints: Seatbelt  

Vehicle No. 2: 1999 Kenworth Truck-Belly dump trailer  

Driver No. 2: Lyle Hanson of Valley, City ND  

Restraints: Seatbelt  

Charges: Pending Investigation  

NARRATIVE: At 8:11 am, a 1999 Kenworth semi-truck with a belly dump trailer was northbound on State Highway 1 in Lamoure County with a load of rock. A 2019 Dodge Ram, driven by a 58yr old male from Valley City, ND, was driving southbound approaching the Kenworth. As the two vehicles neared each other, the belly dump trailer released its load of rock onto the roadway. A loose rock from this load struck the windshield of the Dodge, passing through the windshield striking the driver.  

The driver of the Dodge was treated by Oakes and Lamoure Ambulance Services. The driver of the Dodge was transported to Oakes Hospital where he later died from injuries sustained in the crash. The passenger in the Dodge, Gary Engstrom, was not injured. The driver of the Kenworth, Lyle Hanson, was also uninjured.  

The load of rock was not intended to be dumped onto Hwy. 1.  

The crash remains under investigation by the Highway Patrol. 

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