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One transported to Altru in Friday morning crash in Grand Forks

Grand Forks Police officers were dispatched to an injury accident around 10:18 a.m. Friday at the 300 block of Gateway Drive.

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GRAND FORKS — One person was transported to the hospital following a car crash in north Grand Forks on Friday morning, May 13.

Grand Forks Police officers were dispatched to an injury accident around 10:18 a.m. Friday at the 300 block of Gateway Drive.

In a news release, police said it was determined that a 2014 Honda CRV was traveling northbound on North Third Street and that the driver allegedly failed to slow down at the intersection with Gateway Drive. The driver of the Honda allegedly continued north, striking the curb and driving up and over the berm and then back onto Gateway Drive. The vehicle traveled across the eastbound lanes of traffic on Gateway Drive and then struck a trailer that was being pulled by a semi truck that was traveling westbound on Gateway Drive, according to Grand Forks Police.

After the collision, police said the Honda then continued back southbound across Gateway Drive before coming to a stop partially on the sidewalk and Gateway Drive.

The driver of the Honda was identified as Epifanio Cabazos, Jr. of East Grand Forks. Cabazos was transported by ambulance to Altru Hospital for treatment. Cabazos was cited for care required and “being an unqualified operator,” police said.


The driver of the semi truck was identified as Chad Filipski of East Grand Forks. The semi was a freight-liner and is owned by Cass-Clay. Filipski was not injured.

There were no passengers in either vehicle.

The Grand Forks Police Department CART (Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Team) is assisting in the investigation of this incident. The Grand Forks Fire Department and Altru ambulance assisted on scene.

Traffic on Gateway Drive at Second Street and at North Washington Street was re-routed for some time until the investigation was completed, the Honda was towed and the road was cleaned up of debris.

Anyone who witnessed the accident or has any information about it is asked to contact the Grand Forks Police Department at 701-787-8000.

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