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Minot man, 36, identified as victim in three-vehicle accident near Mandaree

MANDAREE, N.D. -- The victim in a three-vehicle accident four miles northwest of Mandaree on Tuesday on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation has been identified as Phillip Taggart, 36 of Minot.

MANDAREE, N.D. -- The victim in a three-vehicle accident four miles northwest of Mandaree on Tuesday on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation has been identified as Phillip Taggart, 36 of Minot.

The passenger in his 2009 GMC pickup, Ryan Jerke, 27, of Delmont, S.D., was injured as well as the drivers of the other vehicles, Lacey Eckert, 26, of Durango, Colo., driving a 2012 Ford pickup, and Craig Bruyere, 55, of Tyler, Texas, driving a 2007 Freightliner semi.

According to the North Dakota State Patrol, Eckert failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of state highways 73 and 22. Her pickup struck the driver’s side doors of the Taggart pickup which spun counterclockwise and entered the ditch coming to rest about 50 feet into an adjacent pasture, said the patrol..

After the crash, Eckert’s pickup was struck by the Freightliner and spun counterclockwise and came to rest in the northbound turn lane.

The semi overturned and came to rest on its top, blocking the northbound and turn lanes.

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