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Man dies after suffering burns from hot tar during truck crash near Thompson

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Editor's note: This story was originally published on September 10, 2018. 

A 21-year-old man died Saturday after being treated for third-degree burns caused by hot tar during a truck crash, according to a press release from the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

Bradley Jackson of Woodlands, Man., was driving eastbound Wednesday on Grand Forks County Road 7 east of Thompson, N.D., in a 2011 Peterbilt truck with a tanker trailer filled with hot tar, according to a release. The truck swerved to the right, landed on its side and spilled about 6,000 gallons of tar in the ditch and roadway, the release said.

Jackson was transported to Altru Hospital, and a GofundMe page started by a family friend said he later was airlifted to Minneapolis for treatment at the Hennepin County Burn Center. The page said hot tar flowed into the truck's cab while Jackson was still inside. He suffered third-degree burns over 95 percent of his body, the page said.

More than $8,000 had been raised on GoFundMe by 10:30 a.m. Monday to help cover medical and funeral costs.

The crash closed County Road 7 for about six-and-a-half hours Wednesday. Officials sent out an emergency alert to nearby cell phones because the high-traffic road connects to Minnesota and leads into Crookston.

The investigation is ongoing.