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Dickinson man killed in semi, pickup accident near South Heart

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A Dickinson man is dead after causing a two-vehicle accident Friday near South Heart, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

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Kenneth Jurgens, 57, was driving east in his 2014 Toyota Tundra pickup on Highway 10 when he ran a stop sign at the 121st Avenue Southwest intersection north of South Heart. Jurgens struck a freightliner truck driven by 26-year-old Jonathon Racanelli of Castle Rock, Colo., who was traveling southbound.

Racenelli applied the brakes but could not avoid Jurgens, who appeared to have driven under the trailer. The semi skidded to a stop a few hundred feet down the road, dragging the pickup with it.

Jurgens was declared dead at the scene. Racenelli was not injured. Both were wearing their seatbelts.  

The pickup was total and the semi sustained approximately $5,000 in damages, according to the report.

The Belfield Ambulance Service, Dickinson Rural Fire and Rescue, Stark County Sheriff’s Department and Highway Patrol responded to the accident.

Weather was not a factor and driving conditions were normal, officials said.

The crash is still under investigation.

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April Baumgarten
April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, as the news editor. She works with a team of talented journalists and editors, who strive to give the Grand Forks area the quality news readers deserve to know. Baumgarten grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family continues to raise registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college,  she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as the Dickinson city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.   
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