Troopers say the Hummer crashed in to the rear of a semitrailer that was backing up after its driver had missed a turn on U.S. Highway 85. The crash happened about 1:30 a.m., about 35 miles south of Watford City.
With recent reports of Oil Patch crew camp mayhem, including murder, garnering headlines, it’s not shocking that people’s perception of such residential complexes isn’t exactly bright. Trent Mindeman said that’s not so at the Bakken Residence Suites crew camp he oversees just south of Watford City.
Driving on U.S. Highway 85 between here and Williston is “like taking your life in your hands,” says Watford City Mayor Brent Sanford. McKenzie County has had nine traffic fatalities so far this year, representing 28 percent of North Dakota’s total of 32 traffic deaths.
Two Watford City teenagers died when the sport utility vehicle they were riding in spun out of control on an icy highway in northwestern North Dakota, collided with an oncoming semitrailer and split in half.
As Watford City has grown from a quiet western community into a 10,000-person boomtown, it has struggled to provide affordable housing for its teachers and police officers and to develop daycare services for the thousands of new families.
A convicted sex offender who moved to North Dakota from Utah has been sentenced to time served. Authorities say Troy Kartchner had been living in a Watford City trailer park for about four months before he was arrested last summer. He failed to tell authorities about his relocation, as required by law.
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