Crash on U.S. Hwy. 83 Bypass closes road for a time

A 45-year-old Minot man was injured when his vehicle struck a Freightliner service truck as the truck was attempting to turn off the U.S. Highway 83 Bypass on the west side of Minot Tuesday night. The accident closed the bypass from U.S. Highway 2 to Fourth Avenue NW for about 90 minutes.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol said the 2007 Freightliner, driven by Daniel Williams, 37, Minot, was going south on the bypass. He slowed to turn east onto Seventh Avenue near the Hoeven baseball park but was unable to turn because of the northbound traffic. Williams observed a vehicle was approaching from the rear quickly but he was unable to turn or get out of the lane of travel.

Larsen, driving a 2006 Jeep Cherokee and going south on the bypass, swerved to the right as he approached the Freightliner but was unable to avoid hitting it. The driver’s side front corner struck the passenger corner of the Freightliner service bed. The Jeep spun and came to rest in the entrance to Terracita Vallejo. The impact forced the Freightliner past the intersection. Williams returned to check on the Jeep’s driver. Both drivers were wearing seat belts. The accident happened at 9:17 p.m.

Larsen was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.