BISMARCK -- A 49-year-old Bismarck man reported driving in the wrong lane of Interstate 94 Wednesday, April 29, died when his pickup collided head-on with another vehicle, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said.
The crash occurred at 6:42 p.m. on I-94 four miles east of Menoken, N.D.
The patrol said a 1995 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Rodell Kramer was reported to be traveling eastbound in the westbound I-94 lane. A Kenworth semitrailer pulling a combine was westbound in the outside lane. A 2010 Ford F-150 was closing in on the Kenworth, which was slowing for the wrong-way vehicle. The Ford moved into the inside lane to pass the Kenworth. The Chevrolet and the Ford hit head-on in the inside lane behind the drive axles of the Kenworth. The Ford spun into the tire of the combine before entering the median and overturning. The Ford came to rest in the median facing east on its wheels. The Chevrolet spun and overturned. The Chevrolet came to rest on its wheels on the westbound median shoulder facing north.
Kramer died at the scene, the patrol said.
Ulises Herrera, 36, the driver of the Ford, of McLaughlin, S.D., was injured along with his passengers, Brandy Herrera, 35, an 8-year-old boy and 6-year-old and 4-year-old girls. They were transported to St. Alexius in Bismarck.
The driver of the 2000 Kenworth pulling a combine on a lowboy trailer was Ronald Meuchel 44, Bismarck. He was not hurt.
Kramer and Meuchel were wearing seat belts, the patrol said; Ulises Herrera was not wearing a seat belt. Restraint use for the passengers was not provided by the patrol.