Montana woman killed in fatal crash near Minot

Megan Shoal, 21, Plentywood, Mont., died Thursday night from injuries suffered in a major crash at the intersection of U.S. Hwy. 2 and the U.S. Hwy. 83 bypass. The incident involved eight vehicles. Three other people suffered minor injuries and four others were uninjured.

According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, a westbound 1996 Kenworth semi-truck driven by Clark Christensen, 57, Shelley, Idaho, was approaching the U.S. Hwy. 2 intersection along U.S. Hwy. 83 when it struck the rear of Shoal’s 2009 Subaru, pushing the car into a grey 1977 Kenworth semi-truck pulling a belly-dump trailer, as well as the driver’s side of a black 2010 Peterbilt semi-truck.

The impact forced the 1977 Kenworth into the rear of a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado, in turn striking a 2002 GMC Sonoma, which then struck the rear of a 2008 Chevy Silverado. After being hit, the 2013 Silverado then crossed into another lane, side-swiping a 2013 Ford Escape. The Sonoma was pushed into into the path of the 1977 Kenworth, which struck it on the passenger-side door.

The other injured drivers were Mario Hill, 54, Idaho Falls, Idaho; Jason Nichols, Berthold; and Christensen. The uninjured drivers are Jeffrey Roedocker, 35, Minot; Wayne Schempp, 65, Minot; Cameron Moe, Burlington; and one unknown driver.

The incident stopped traffic on the highways until about 10 p.m. when “the scene was clean and clear,” said Sgt. Kevin Huston of the highway patrol. Traffic was redirected at West Burdick Expressway, well ahead of the scene.

Flint McColgan