Crash in heavy smoke leaves 1 dead in Barnes County

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FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a crash that left one person dead in Barnes County.

KFGO radio reported the crash happened around 12:30 p.m. on Interstate 94 just west of Sanborn

The North Dakota Highway Patrol said an SUV and a semitrailer were eastbound when the semi slowed for a grass fire. The SUV tried to pass the semi, drifted over the center line, sideswiped the semi’s rear tires and overturned, ending up in the westbound lanes.

The SUV’s 24-year-old driver wasn’t wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the vehicle, suffering fatal injuries. A 62-year-old passenter in the SUV was treated for his injuries and released. Both occupants in the SUV were from Jamestown. The semi driver wasn’t hurt. Authorities haven’t released anyone’s names.

The state patrol had issued a warning prior to the crash about reduced visibility on I-94 due to heavy smoke from grass fires in the area.

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