SAWYER A Velva man died in two-vehicle collision near Sawyer Friday morning.
John Kriedeman, 51, Velva, was a passenger in a van that struck a pickup that slid into its lane, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. Joseph Kriedeman, 41, of Voltaire, who was driving the van, and Darin Clark, 38, of Minot, who was driving the pickup, also were injured.
Clark's Dodge pickup was towing an empty gooseneck trailer westbound on U.S. Highway 52 from Harvey, en route to Minot. The pickup was traveling at 50 to 55 mph when it began to slide into the eastbound lane. The van, traveling at 35 to 40 mph and towing a bumper-hitch trailer loaded with a Polaris Ranger, was eastbound on U.S. Highway 52 from Minot, en route to Voltaire. Joseph Kriedeman braked the van and turned left to avoid a collision with Clark, who also braked but continued toward the south ditch, crossing the eastbound lane.
The right front of the van struck the right side of the gooseneck trailer. The van and its trailer, which detached, came to rest in the westbound lane. The pickup and gooseneck trailer came to rest in the south ditch.
Clark and Joseph Kriedeman were wearing seatbelts. It is unknown whether John Kriedeman was wearing a seatbelt. The accident remains under investigation.