Authorities release name of North Dakota woman killed in high-wind crash
Before the semi got beside the Ford pickup, the wind flipped the Ford's trailer and it became detached, pulling the back end of the Ford to the right and causing the Ford to rotate left into the southbound lane, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said.
EDGELEY, N.D. — Authorities have identified a LaMoure County woman killed in a collision that happened about 9 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, 10 miles north of Edgeley.
The woman who died was Renee Woehl, 64, of Kulm, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
High winds were a factor in the side-impact collision on U.S. Highway 281, the patrol said. The crash occurred near Edgeley, a town about 130 miles southwest of Fargo.
On Sunday morning, a semi pulling a tanker trailer and a 2014 Ford F-150 pulling an empty enclosed trailer were both traveling north on Highway 281.
The semi began passing the slower-traveling Ford. Before the semi got beside the Ford, the wind flipped the Ford's trailer and it became detached, pulling the back end of the Ford to the right and causing the Ford to rotate left into the southbound lane, the patrol said.
The semi braked and struck the Ford in the driver-side door. The Ford then overturned onto the passenger side facing northwest in the southbound lane.
The semi pulled to the southbound shoulder after the collision. The driver, Paul Bowen, 46, of Glendive, Montana, was uninjured, the patrol said.
The occupants of the Ford had to be extricated before being taken to Jamestown Regional Medical Center.
The driver, John Woehl, 69, of Kulm, suffered serious injuries. The passenger, Renee Woehl, was pronounced dead at the hospital, the patrol said.
Bowen was wearing a seat belt, and the Woehls were not, the patrol said. The crash remains under investigation.