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Officials identify Killdeer crash victims

The North Dakota Highway Patrol has identified two victims whose lives were claimed in a head-on collision about four miles south of Killdeer Thursday morning.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol has identified two victims whose lives were claimed in a head-on collision about four miles south of Killdeer Thursday morning.

Cuauhtemoc Ruiz Sanchez, 44, of Pendleton, Ore. and Dickinson, was traveling north on an ice-covered State Highway 22 in a 2006 Ford pickup pulling a trailer when the vehicle lost traction and slid into the oncoming lane, according to a NDHP press release.

Dunn Center resident Thomas Speich, 50, was driving a 2005 General Motors Corp. U-Haul south on Highway 22 to Dickinson when Sanchez's vehicle slid into his lane. Speich applied his brakes but was unable to avoid Sanchez, according to the release.

The front of Speich's vehicle struck the passenger doors of Sanchez's vehicle, according to the release.

The U-Haul came to rest on the road's right shoulder facing south while Sanchez's vehicle came to rest on the road's western edge facing west, according to the release.

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All three passengers were wearing seat belts.

Sgt. Will Vance of the NDHP said Sanchez died at the scene.

In the vehicle with Speich was his 8-year-old daughter who was injured.

Speich was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital and Health Center in Dickinson where he died Thursday.

Vance said Thursday there is no indication that drugs or alcohol were involved.

The incident is still under investigation.

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