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Accident Followup

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Authorities are continuing to investigate the accident at the intersection where the Highway 2-52 and Highway 83 bypass come together west of Minot.

Eight vehicles were involved resulting in one person being killed and seven injured.

Shaun Sipma has the latest on the investigation as to what happened.

Highway patrol officers returned to the scene this afternoon to finish up the on-scene investigation, taking measurements to finalize their report.

The Patrol reports that 57 year old Clark Christensen of Shelley, Idaho was driving the Kenworth Tractor Trailer that crashed into a Subaru driven by Megan Shoal of Plentywood, Montana Killing Shoal.

Sergeant Kevin Huston says witnesses and those injured have been interviewed to piece together exactly what happened here Thursday evening at 6:15.

(Sergeant Kevin Huston, ND Highway Patrol) "Today we're trying to put together a scale diagram so we can have our re-constructionist put it all together and look at it and hopefully come up with some kind of speed analysis or some kind of analysis based on the evidence on the scene of what happened."

The main question?...what lead to the semi smashing into the back end of an SUV stopped at the stoplight.

Was it mechanical malfunction or driver error?

(Sergeant Kevin Huston, ND Highway Patrol) "At the scene here we're not seeing any pre-impact skids. We do have our motor carrier inspecting the trailer and do a full level on that."

Sergeant Huston says the driver has been interviewed but the details of that conversation can't be released yet.

Those details will play an important role into answers the question of what lead up to the deadly crash at one of Minot's busiest intersections.

Shaun Sipma KX News.

The State Department of Transportation says it will review the safety standards at the intersection to see if any changes can be made.

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