ESMOND, N.D. — A 68-year-old Balta man has been identified as the driver killed in a vehicle-semi crash Saturday, Sept. 7, about 2 miles west of Esmond in north-central North Dakota.
Emil Vetsch was driving a 1989 Chevrolet S10 southbound on 37th Avenue Northeast shortly before 4 p.m. when he failed to yield at a stop sign at Highway 19, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said. A westbound 2000 Peterbilt semi, driven by Gregory Kalenze, 33, of Mandan was westbound on Highway 19 and struck the door of Vetsch's vehicle.
Both vehicles came to a rest in the south ditch. The pickup caught fire and Vetsch died at the scene.
Esmond is about 90 miles east of Minot.