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Bakken Dickinson, 58602

Dickinson North Dakota 1815 1st Street West 58602

An accident involving hazardous material shut down the intersection at North Dakota Highways 8 and 23 and led authorities to evacuate a 1-mile radius east of New Town on Friday night.


Kevin Abrahamson of Minot was driving a 2005 Kenworth semi truck pulling a trailer loaded with butane en route from Belfield to Ross at approximately 30 mph. He made a left turn from Highway 23 to go north on Highway 8 when, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, he felt a jolt.

The trailer disconnected from the semi and overturned into a ditch. The crash caused damage to the trailer and caused it to begin leaking butane.

Authorities eventually contained the hazardous material leak and the trailer was removed from the scene.

The crash is still under investigation.