Man killed in fiery crash near Rugby

A man was killed and a Belcourt man was injured this morning in a fatal crash 11 miles north of Rugby on N.D. Highway 3.

According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, the victim was driving his 2003 Chevrolet Impala north on the highway when he struck a northbound Schwan Food Company truck that was slowing down to turn left to a customer’s home on 77th Street NE, just over a hill. The Impala struck the Schwan truck, driven by Darek Falcon, 34, Belcourt, in the right rear. The Impala rotated counterclockwise, coming to rest on the shoulder of Highway 3 facing southwest. The Schwan truck was pushed up about 3 feet, coming to rest in the middle of Highway 3. Falcon moved the truck off the roadway. The Impala started on fire, which was then extinguished by the Rugby Rural Fire Department.

Falcon, who was wearing a seatbelt, was taken to Heart of America Medical Center in Rugby by ambulance to be treated for his injuries sustained in the accident. The driver of the Impala, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was killed in the crash. His name is being withheld until relatives have been notified.

The accident happened at 10 a.m.