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Belcourt man dies, two children injured, in crash near Rolla, N.D., Monday

One person was killed and four others were seriously injured in a two-car crash near Rolla on Monday morning, Sept. 13.

Fatal Crash

One person was killed and four others were seriously injured in a two-car crash near Rolla, N.D., on Monday morning, Sept. 13.

A 44-year-old Belcourt man died and the three passengers in the vehicle, including two children, suffered serious injuries in the crash around 8 a.m. Monday, just over a mile east of Rolla, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

The NDHP says the Belcourt man was traveling eastbound in a 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan on U.S. Highway 281 while another driver, 22-year-old Charles Vondal Jr., of Rolla, was traveling westbound in a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee. According to the NDHP, an “eastbound noncontact motor vehicle” was stopped in traffic on the highway, yielding to Vondal and was waiting to turn left to go onto 52nd Avenue NE.

The Belcourt man apparently attempted to pass the noncontact motor vehicle just west of the intersection, and struck Vondal’s vehicle head-on. Both vehicles entered the north ditch after the collision occurred. All occupants needed to be extricated due to the severe damage sustained to the vehicles, the Highway Patrol said.

Vondal and the passengers in the Caravan, including 39-year-old Elizabeth Yoder, a 7-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy, all suffered serious injuries in the crash.

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According to the release, Vondal and two of the passengers in the Caravan were wearing a seatbelt. The release states that the 7-year-old girl allegedly was not wearing a seatbelt.

The name of the deceased will be released on Tuesday, Sept. 14, to allow notification of next-of-kin.

The crash remains under investigation by the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol responded, along with emergency services from Belcourt, Rolla and Rolette County.

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