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Man killed in 4-vehicle accident near New Town

A four-vehicle accident near New Town left one man from New Iberia, La., dead.

Haun Son, 31, was driving eastbound in a 2012 Ford pickup on Highway 23 about 10 miles west of New Town when he tried to pass Timothy Sallee of Machesney Park, Ill., at the crest of a hill at approximately 7:45 a.m. on Saturday, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. The highway has two lanes.

Christopher Beach of Carrington, 53, who was driving west in a freightliner, saw Son when he and Sallee, 56, peaked over the hill. Beach tried to apply the breaks and avoid the oncoming vehicles but had no time to react, officials said in a release. Son hit Beach’s vehicle head on then struck Salle’s 2006 Mack semi on the driver side.

Son’s vehicle spun on the road, hitting a 2008 Ford pickup driven by 39-year-old Edvin Leon of Euharlee, Ga., before coming to a rest in the ditch.

Son was pronounced dead at the scene. Beach, Sallee and Leon were uninjured. All drivers were wearing seatbelts.

The collision closed the road for approximately seven hours, officials said. The accident remains under investigation.

The McKenzie Sheriff’s Office, Highway Patrol and Three Affiliated Tribes responded to the accident.

April Baumgarten

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.