Three injured in semi-pickup accident near Watford City

The North Dakota Highway Patrol said three people were injured when a pickup truck turned out in front of a semi truck and was struck on the driver’s side near Watford City on Monday afternoon.

According to the Patrol, Pat Coffie, 50, of Minot, the driver of the semi, Brandon Fuller, 20, Watford City, the driver of the pickup, and a 5-year-old boy in Fuller’s vehicle were all taken to the hospital for treatment.

Coffie was driving west on Highway 23 in the right hand lane, towards Highway 85, and Fuller was stopped at the intersection of Highway 23 and 12th Street SE facing south. Fuller attempted to turn onto Highway 23 and travel west, turning out in front of Coffie. Coffie’s Peterbilt struck Fuller’s Chevrolet on the driver’s side at the intersection. Fuller’s vehicle came to a rest in the east bound lanes of Highway 23 facing southwest. Coffie’s vehicle left the roadway to the south and overturned onto the passenger side facing northeast.

Neither Coffie nor Fuller were wearing seat belts. The 5-year-old boy was in a booster seat.

The accident happened at 12:10 p.m. Monday a half mile south of Watford City.