One person has died following an early morning three-vehicle crash near Carpio, N.D., on Sunday, Aug. 22. The crash closed down part of Highway 52, west of Minot, because of a chemical spill.
An adult male driver of a GMC pickup was heading south on Highway 52, at about 1 a.m., according to a release from the North Dakota Highway Patrol. The GMC attempted to pass a southbound Ford pickup and collided head on with a Volvo truck tractor hauling bulk containers of a diesel-based substance, the release said. The driver of the GMC was killed.
The diesel-based substance hauled by the Volvo leaked onto the roadway and into the ditches. Authorities say the spill will require extensive clean up. Highway 52 is closed from Carpio to where it intersects with Highway 2, west of Minot. The North Dakota Department of Transportation has placed signage closure sites, which include messaging for alternative routes.
According to the release, the GMC came to rest in the southbound lane and started on fire, which was later extinguished by firefighters. The Volvo overturned onto the driver's side and came to rest on the northbound lane sticking partially into the east ditch. The Ford pickup was struck by debris from the collision of the other two vehicles, and ran off the roadway into the west ditch and came to rest on its wheels facing south.
The driver and passenger on the Volvo, both adult males, sustained non-life threatening injuries and were transported to Trinity hospital by ambulance. The driver of the Ford, also an adult male, was not injured.
No names were included in the NDHP release.
The drivers of the Volvo and the Ford were wearing seatbelts. It is unknown if the driver of the GMC was using restraints. The crash remains under investigation by the NDHP.