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Accidents claim the lives of two

Two vehicle crashes occurring in Southwestern North Dakota claimed the lives of two, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. The first fatality occurred approximately five miles north of Killdeer in scattered snow and high winds, when two v...

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Two vehicle crashes occurring in Southwestern North Dakota claimed the lives of two, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

The first fatality occurred approximately five miles north of Killdeer in scattered snow and high winds, when two vehicles collided head-on on Dec. 27.

Jared Maturin, 37, of Jeanerette, LA, was traveling alone north on Highway 22 in a 2015 Ford F-150. According to a Highway Patrol report, Maturin was in the left northbound lane, within a passing zone, when a 2012 Dodge 5500 operated by Dickinson resident Talon Danforth was traveling south on Highway 22.

Danforth was following a ND DOT snow plow actively working on the roadway when snow being removed from the roadway was thrown into the air reducing his visibility. According to the report, both vehicles entered the snow fog and struck near the centerline of the roadway in a head-on collision.

Responding to the scene of the accident were members of the North Dakota Highway Patrol, Dunn County Sheriff's Department, Killdeer Ambulance and the Dunn Rural Fire Department.

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On arrival, it was noted that the four occupants of the Dodge were not injured in the crash. However, Jared Maturin was pronounced deceased at the scene as a result of injuries sustained in the incident.

According to Highway Patrol Officer, Sgt. Christopher Messer, Maturin's airbag had properly deployed but the deceased was not wearing any safety restraints.

The crash remains under investigation by the North Dakota Highway Patrol at this time.

A second fatal crash involving a single vehicle occurred around 1:15 a.m. on Dec. 30.

This incident claimed the life of a 71 year-old Bismarck man, later identified as Thomas Disselhorst, when his vehicle rolled multiple times near Richardton.

According to Trooper Steenstrup of the North Dakota Highway Patrol, Disselhorst was operating a Ford Ranger while traveling eastbound on Interstate 94 enroute to Bismarck from Rapid City.

Steenstrup reports that the driver lost control of the Ranger and entered the median where the vehicle rolled multiple times across the westbound lanes before coming to a stop in the ditch on the north side of the Interstate.

Responding to the accident, the North Dakota Highway Patrol were assisted by members of the Stark County Sheriff's Office, Richardton Ambulance and Richardton Rural Fire and Rescue.

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On arrival, it was noted that the driver of the vehicle had died due to injuries sustained in the crash.

According to Highway Patrol, the deceased was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. His passenger, Kimberly Green, 46, from Anchorage, Alaska, was not wearing any safety restraints at the time of the accident and was subsequently transported to CHI St. Alexius in Dickinson with serious injuries.

In a release to the media, the North Dakota Highway Patrol stated that the road and weather conditions were dry and clear and the cause of the accident remains under investigation.

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