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Devils Lake man remains hospitalized following fatal crash

Bradford Webster, 66, of Devils Lake, and his brother, Steven Webster, 68, of Devils Lake, were returning home after purchasing a tractor when they were rear-ended. Steven died from his injuries at CHI St. Alexius Hospital in Devils Lake, and Bradford remains hospitalized in Grand Forks.

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A three-vehicle crash involving a tractor outside Leeds, N.D. left one man dead and one hospitalized.
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A Devils Lake man remains hospitalized following a car crash that left his brother dead.

Bradford Webster, 66, of Devils Lake, and Steven Webster, 68, of Devils Lake, were traveling eastbound on U.S. Highway 2 about 8 miles east of Leeds, N.D., shortly before 4 p.m. Friday, April 10. Bradford Webster was operating a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado and Steven Webster was ahead of him operating a 1974 Allis-Chalmers farm tractor at a reduced speed, according to a Friday release from the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

Eric Beaver, 55, of Devils Lake, operating a 2007 Kenworth also traveling eastbound on Highway 2, allegedly rear-ended the Chevrolet, which then rear-ended the tractor, causing all three vehicles to enter the south ditch, according to the release.

Bradford Webster was transported by ambulance to CHI St. Alexius Hospital in Devils Lake. The release reported his injuries were serious, and he was later airlifted to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks. It was unclear Monday morning what the extent of his injuries were, but NDHP Lt. Troy Hischer told the Herald he spoke with Bradford Webster on Sunday.

Steven Webster was airlifted to CHI St. Alexius Hospital in Devils Lake, where he died from his injuries Friday. Beaver was uninjured in the crash.


Hischer said the brothers had been on their way home after purchasing the tractor.

The investigation remains active, but no charges have yet been pressed against Beaver.

"It'll be several days, if not weeks, that we'll be involved in this one," Hischer said. "It's a normal fatality crash investigation. It just takes that long to gather all the information."

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