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
Passenger No. 1: Gary Engstrom of Leeds, ND-Uninjured
Vehicle No. 2: 1999 Kenworth Truck-Belly dump trailer
Driver No. 2: Lyle Hanson of Valley, City ND
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.