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Trucks Collide, Burst Into Flames

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Two trucks collided on Highway 23 south of Sawyer this afternoon and burst into flames shutting down the highway for several hours.

The accident happened at the intersection of the Echo Mountain Facility where the Sawyer Landfill and Waste Management Landfill are located.

According to authorities, a fuel truck carrying about a thousand gallons of diesel fuel, driven by 36 year old David Paxton of Minot, failed to yield to on-coming traffic.

Paxton's truck was struck by a tandem axle boom truck driven by 21 year old Christopher Heinen of Melrose, Minnesota.

The collision caused both vehicles to over turn into the southbound ditch, burn and were destroyed.

Both drivers were transported by ambulance to a local hospital.

Their conditions aren't being released at this time.

Both the Minot Rural and Velva Fire Departments were called in to contain the flames from the burning vehicles.

Paxson was issued a citation for failure to yield.

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