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UPDATE: Driver killed in Steele County crash identified

Cody Rader, 35, of Lisbon, N.D., was killed in a head-on collision outside Finley last week.

FSA Fatal crash accident

A 35-year-old Lisbon, N.D., man killed in a head-on collision in Steele County last week has been identified as Cody Rader.

Rader was killed in a crash outside of Finley on Aug. 18 when he apparently crossed the center line, striking a Peterbilt tractor. He was declared dead at the scene, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

According to a release from the NDHP, Ernest Matelski, 54 of Hillsboro, was driving a Peterbilt tractor southbound on Highway 32 Wednesday morning south of Finley, and Rader was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche northbound. The Chevrolet crossed the center line into the southbound lane, striking the Peterbilt head-on, according to the NDHP.

The Peterbilt and its loaded trailer went into the west ditch and the Chevrolet entered the east ditch, rolling onto its top and catching fire, according to NDHP. The driver of the Peterbilt was not injured.

The NDHP reports that road conditions were dry and weather conditions were clear with light wind. It is unknown if Rader was wearing a seatbelt.


The cause of the crash remains under investigation by NDHP. The Steele County Sheriff, Hope Ambulance and the Hope Fire Department also responded to the crash.

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