A 59-year-old Ashley resident was killed Monday morning when he changed lanes for a stalled vehicle and his truck was hit by a Kenworth hauling corn near Richardton, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
Janice Etherton, Glen Ullin, was hauling corn and traveling west on Interstate 94 about three miles east of Richardton at about 9:15 a.m. A 2004 Ford pickup was also westbound, according to a North Dakota Highway Patrol Press release.
The driver of the Ford pickup, who was not wearing a seatbelt, changed lanes for a motorist who was parked on the north shoulder changing a tire. Upon changing back to his lane, the driver slowed down and drove into Etherton's path.
Etherton applied the brakes but couldn't avoid striking the rear end of the pickup, according to the Highway Patrol. The vehicles went into the north ditch where they rolled. Both vehicles were totaled and corn covered the ditch.
Etherton was wearing a seatbelt. She was transported to the hospital for a medical evaluation and at 6 p.m. Monday she was home.
"Besides abrasions and contusions, she suffered no serious injuries, just the soreness and emotional distress of having been involved," Janice's husband Larry Etherton said.
She has driven for 30 years and never had an accident, he said.
The interstate was not closed due to the accident, Sgt. Dan Haugen said. A reconstructionist from Washburn was brought in to make sure there is "an accurate, thorough investigation," Haugen said.
No tickets were issued and the Highway Patrol will release the name of the deceased driver today, according to a press release.
A towing crew from Red Top Recovery was still on-scene as of 3 p.m. Monday.
Robert Hopkins, Dickinson, said the semi, corn and all contents weighed about 150,000 pounds and the crew expected towing and clean-up to take most of the afternoon.
"Because we are dealing with a semi it takes some finessing to remove from scene," Haugen said.
The corn will be returned to the owner, Hopkins said.