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5 crashes in area Friday

Press Photo by Linda Sailer A tow truck hauls a service truck down Highway 22, north of Dickinson, following an accident Friday morning involving three vehicles.

Travelers were backed up for miles north of Dickinson on Highway 22 Friday morning after a woman trying to pass two vehicles caused a collision, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. The incident was among a number of major accidents to plague southwest North Dakota on a sunny Friday.

Though two vehicles were totaled in the Highway 22 incident, injuries were minor.

Nineteen-year-old Shasta Reindl of Dickinson was driving a white Buick traveling southbound on Highway 22 about eight miles north of Dickinson in Dunn County and tried to pass a semi and another vehicle, Highway Patrol Sgt. Dan Haugen said.

While trying to pass the semi at about 7 a.m., she met an oncoming one-ton pickup. She turned the wheels into the east ditch trying to avoid it.

"The car spun out of control and went back onto Highway 22 where it then struck a service pickup," Haugen said, adding the truck was heading north. After the impact, the truck then struck a southbound semi driven by Wayne Brock, Valley City.

All three vehicles came to rest on the highway, Haugen said. Reindl and a 1-year-old child passenger in a car seat were transported to the hospital for observation. The service truck driver, 29-year-old Scott Tysver of Dickinson, was also taken to the hospital. Brock was not injured.

Tysver was out of the hospital Friday afternoon.

"His knee is crushed and he needs knee surgery," his wife Danita Tysver said Friday afternoon. Other than that, she said her husband is pretty bruised and scratched up. Scott did not want to comment.

"When looking at the damage of all the vehicles, all the occupants are lucky to escape with no to minor injuries," Haugen said, adding the crash could have been prevented with additional driving care.

Reindl was wearing a seatbelt and Tysver was not, according to a Highway Patrol press release.

Haugen said tickets are pending "but one will be issued."

Sideswipe north of Killdeer

Travelers were also backed up 21 miles north of Killdeer in Dunn County Friday morning.

Highway 22 was closed or slowed for about two hours midmorning after a tanker truck hauling water rolled on an S-curve, Haugen said.

At about 8 a.m., Matthew Zander, 44, of Killdeer, was driving a semi north on Highway 22, according to a Highway Patrol Press release.

While negotiating a curve, the trailer tipped over and struck 56-year-old New Town resident Ronald Deserly's pickup truck that was pulling a livestock trailer.

Zander's truck rolled on its side on the road and Deserly's pickup came to a rest in a ditch with the trailer tipped over, according to a NDHP release.

The vehicles received moderate damage. Deserly, Zander, nor Deserly's passenger, Michael Mossett of New Town were transported to the hospital. All were wearing seatbelts. The crash remains under investigation, according to the release.

Billings County rollover

Joseph Holtz, 21, St. Charles, Ill., was cited after a rollover accident at 3:34 p.m. Friday near Medora in Billings County, according to a press release.

Holtz was traveling east in a Grand Am on Interstate 94 when he crossed into the median.

He overcorrected and crossed both eastbound lanes, according to the release. The vehicle went in the south ditch and rolled, landing on its wheels.

Holtz was wearing a seatbelt. He refused treatment and the vehicle was towed. He was cited for care required, according to the press release.

Harley vs. truck

A motorcycle versus truck crash that occurred on Highway 85 in Bowman County at about 11 a.m. Friday, leaving one man injured, is under investigation.

Edward Strenkowski, 54, Thompson, was traveling west on Highway 85, following a truck driven by Ronnie Tennis of Bowman, according to a Highway Patrol press release.

Tennis slowed to turn and Strenkowski moved to pass Tennis, striking him. The Harley tipped over and Strenkowski was thrown into a ditch. The truck tipped onto its left side, coming to a rest at the intersection of Highway 85 and 147th Avenue Southwest. Tennis had two passengers, Daniel Freitag, 16, and Thomas Burke, 21, both of Bowman. The three were not wearing seatbelts and were not injured, according to the release.

Strenkowski was transported to the hospital with moderate injuries, Haugen said.

The truck had about $4,000 in damage and the motorcycle had about $6,000.

Slope County head-on

Five people were transported to the Bowman Hospital Friday after a 2 p.m. head-on crash on Highway 85, according to a press release from the Highway Patrol.

Loyd Jahr, 68, and a passenger Lavetta Jahr, 67, both of Cheyenne, Wyo., were in a Buick traveling south on Highway 85.

Debra Dazell, 41, Dickinson, was driving north on 85 when the Jahr vehicle crossed into her lane, hitting her, according to a Highway Patrol press release.

Jahr's vehicle spun and came to a rest in the ditch. Dazell's vehicle also spun, coming to a rest on the highway, according to the release.

The Jahr and Dazell were taken to the hospital, along with Dazell's 7 and 2-year-old passengers.

Loyd Jahr was cited for care required. All were wearing seatbelts.