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North Dakota man, 27, dies in crash near Bismarck

He was a passenger in vehicle that rolled on icy roads.

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BISMARCK — A 27-year-old Garrison, North Dakota, man died in a rollover crash on icy U.S. Highway 83 on Tuesday, Jan. 25, about 9 miles north of Bismarck, according to the state highway patrol.

The man who died, Virgil Wilkinson Jr., was a passenger in a vehicle driven by 61-year-old Virgil Wilkinson, also of Garrison.

The crash occurred at about 2 p.m. Tuesday when the driver lost control of the southbound GMC Sierra on the icy highway, entered the median and rolled, coming to rest on its wheels, the patrol said.

The passenger died at the scene. It's unclear whether he was wearing a seat belt, the patrol said.

The driver, who was wearing a seat belt, was taken to Sanford hospital in Bismarck with injuries that were not life-threatening, according to the patrol.

An almost 50-year veteran of the newspaper business, Amundson has worked for The Forum and Forum News Service for 15 years. He started as a sport reporter in Minnesota. He is currently the city and night reporter for The Forum. bamundson@forumcomm.com 701-451-5665
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