ARNEGARD, N.D. — Two men were killed in a multiple-vehicle crash on wet, icy roads Tuesday morning, Oct. 20, in western North Dakota.
According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, a 2014 Dodge Ram driven by Jerry Blazicevich, 38, Watford City, N.D., was traveling northbound on Highway 85 about 4 miles west of Arnegard at 7:25 a.m. when it passed a 2019 Ford F-550, driven by Brian Stone, 42, Arnegard, pulling a gooseneck trailer.
The Dodge changed lanes and continued north in front of the Ford. A 2006 Toyota Tacoma driven by Daniel Magana Rivera, 27, Watford City, was traveling south when the driver lost control of the vehicle. The Tacoma entered the northbound lanes and was struck by the Dodge. The Ford then struck the Dodge.
Rivera and a passenger, Eduardo Salgado, 29, of Las Vegas, suffered fatal injuries. They were not wearing seat belts, according to the highway patrol.
Blazicevich, who was wearing a seat belt, was taken to the hospital.
The occupants of the Ford, a 40-year-old man, a 20-year-old man and a 43-year-old man, all from Arnegard, were wearing seat belts and were not injured.
Stone and his passengers Bailey Bauer, 20, and William Schaefbauer, 43, both of Arnegard, were not injured. All three were wearing seat belts.
The crash remains under investigation by the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
A GoFundMe campaign has been created to help with funeral costs for Rivera and Salgado at https://gf.me/u/y5stj3.