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North Dakota family who lost sons in deadly crash sue semi driver, company for $10M

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FARGO — A Fargo mother has brought a lawsuit seeking damages from a truck driver and his company for a 2018 crash on Interstate 29 that killed her two young boys.

The crash happened when Trista Curry and her three young children were making a trip from Fargo to Stephen, Minn., to visit family in March 2018.

The weather was fine in Fargo, but as they got close to Grand Forks, it turned treacherous. Curry lost control of her vehicle and slid in front of a semi.

Her 9-year-old son Camden and 1-year-old son Maxwell were killed in the resulting crash. Curry and her 3-year-old daughter were seriously hurt, but have since recovered.

In Aug 2018, the Grand Forks County State's Attorney declined to file charges against either driver. The prosecutor cleared the semi driver, saying he was driving at a safe speed for the conditions, that he was not distracted and that the truck was in proper working order.

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However, Curry and the children's father are now suing the truck driver and the trucking company for $10 million dollars.

According to the lawsuit, the parents feel the truck driver is to blame because he did not allow enough space for Curry to pull in front of the semi. The lawsuit also alleges the truck driver should not have been on the road due to the snow.

It claims the owner of the semi failed to provide equipment on the truck that would have prevented the crash.

Matt Henson is an Emmy award-winning reporter/photographer/editor for WDAY. Prior to joining WDAY in 2019, Matt was the main anchor at WDAZ in Grand Forks for four years. He was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia and attended college at Lyndon State College in northern Vermont, where he was recognized twice nationally, including first place, by the National Academy for Arts and Science for television production. Matt enjoys being a voice for the little guy. He focuses on crimes and courts and investigative stories. Just as often, he shares tear-jerking stories and stories of accomplishment. Matt enjoys traveling to small towns across North Dakota and Minnesota to share their stories. He can be reached at mhenson@wday.com and at 610-639-9215. When he's not at work (rare) Matt resides in Moorhead and enjoys spending time with his daughter, golfing and attending Bison and Sioux games.
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