A 35-year-old Lisbon, N.D., man was killed in a head-on collision in Steele County on Wednesday, Aug. 18.

The man's identity has not been released pending family notification.

According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, Ernest Matelski, 54 of Hillsboro, was driving a Peterbilt tractor southbound on Highway 32 Wednesday morning south of Finley, and the unidentified driver was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche northbound. The Chevrolet crossed the center line into the southbound lane, striking the Peterbilt head-on, according to the NDHP.

The Peterbilt and its loaded trailer went into the west ditch and the Chevrolet entered the east ditch, rolling onto its top and catching fire, according to NDHP. The Steele County coroner pronounced the driver of the Chevrolet dead on the scene. The driver of the Peterbilt was not injured.

The NDHP reports that road conditions were dry and weather conditions were clear with light wind. It is unknown if the driver of the Chevrolet was wearing a seatbelt.

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The cause of the crash remains under investigation by NDHP. The Steele County Sheriff, Hope Ambulance and the Hope Fire Department also responded to the crash.