One killed, one injured in head-on crash near Watford City

A 29-year-old Los Alamos, N.M., man was killed and a 48-year-old Hooper, Utah, man was injured in a head-on crash nine miles east of Watford City on Wednesday night.

According to a press release from the Highway Patrol, the New Mexico man was driving a Ford Raptor east on N.D. Highway 23 from the Watford City area. Someone had called to report he was driving recklessly and had been traveling east in the westbound lane at a high rate of speed. The Ford crested a hill at mile marker 13, traveling in the wrong lane. A westbound International semi truck driven by John Farris of Hooper, Utah, was unable to avoid the Ford Raptor and hit it head on. The Ford overturned and came to rest on its wheels on the south shoulder facing north. The semi ran off the north shoulder and jack-knifed. Shortly afterwards, an east bound semi truck hauling crude oil crested the hill and sustained damage from the crash debris on the road.

Farris was injured and was taken to the McKenzie County Hospital in Watford City for treatment.

The driver of the Ford Raptor was killed. His name will be released after his family has been notified.

The crash occurred at 10:56 p.m. Wednesday.


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