A Louisiana man was fatally injured in a multiple vehicle accident Dec. 27 on Highway 22, five miles north of Killdeer.
Jared Maturin, 37, from Jeanerette died at the scene after a head-on collision between his 2015 Ford F-150 and a 2012 Dodge 5500 pickup.
Both vehicles were totaled in the accident which occurred at mid-day on Dec. 27 just north of the city near milepost 111. The driver of the Dodge, Talon Danforth of Dickinson, and three passengers were not injured in the accident.
According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, the Ford was traveling in the left northbound lane within a passing zone. The Dodge was traveling south, following a DOT snowplow which was clearing the highway.
According to the report, the snow was thrown into the air, reducing visibility. Both vehicles entered the snow fog and crossed the center line of the highway.
The crash is being investigated by the North Dakota Highway Patrol.The NDHP, Dunn County Sheriff’s Department, Killdeer Ambulance and the Dunn Rural Fire Department responded to the accident.
According to state DOT officials, it is just one of several accidents that involve snowplows recently.
In an eight-hour period on Wednesday, Dec. 26, NDHP investigated five crashes involving snowplows.
In four separate crashes, vehicles rear ended snow plows on I-94 near Richardton; on I-94 near Hebron; on I-94 near Steele and on Highway 85 near Williston. Minor injuries were reported in the Steele and Richardton crashes.
An additional crash was the result of drivers attempting to pass snowplows engaged in road clearing and struck other vehicles as they attempted to pass the snowplow.
One crash within that timeframe
occurred on I-94 near Hebron, where no injuries were reported. A