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Man arrested after collision kills 2 in northern N.D.

DUNSEITH -- Two people died after a collision Tuesday afternoon near Dunseith in north-central North Dakota. A 2006 Ford Taurus was traveling east on U.S. Highway 281, about 6 miles east of Dunseith, at 4:08 p.m. when the driver slowed to make a ...

DUNSEITH - Two people died after a collision Tuesday afternoon near Dunseith in north-central North Dakota.

A 2006 Ford Taurus was traveling east on U.S. Highway 281, about 6 miles east of Dunseith, at 4:08 p.m. when the driver slowed to make a turn. It was hit from behind by an eastbound 2007 Ford Ram pickup, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

The collision sent both vehicles into the north ditch, and both the driver and passenger of the Taurus died at the scene, the Highway Patrol said in a news release issued Wednesday.

The occupants of the Taurus, a 43-year-old Belcourt man and a 44-year-old Rolla woman, were both wearing seatbelts.

The pickup driver, a 47-year-old man from Dunseith, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving causing death or injury. The driver and a passenger, a 43-year-old man from Dunseith, were not wearing seatbelts but were not injured. A second pickup passenger, a 47-year-old man from Belcourt, also was not wearing a seatbelt, but sustained minor injuries, the Highway Patrol reported.

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No names were released.

The Highway Patrol said the crash is still being investigated and further charges are possible.

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