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No Charges Yet in Accident

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The investigation continues into the fatal accident on Minot's southwest edge Thursday evening.

A semi plowed into several vehicles stopped at a red light along the bypass, killing one person and injuring several others.

The exact cause of the accident hasn't been revealed.

And Highway Patrol officials won't yet say if the driver of the semi, Clark Christensen of Idaho, is facing any charges in the case.

While the Highway Patrol says their findings won't likely be released until later in the week, one of the drivers stopped at the light gave his account of what happened that day.

Shaun Sipma talked with Jeff Roedocker today about the accident and the questions that remain unanswered.

(Jeff Roedocker, Minot) I took his boys out, we went out to eat and then we were heading back to Burlington."

Jeff Roedocker had his two grandsons buckled up in the back seat of his son's brand new Chevy Silverado heading west towards Burlington last Wednesday evening.

(Jeff Roedocker, Minot) There were semi's in the right-hand lane so I got over in the left-hand lane and then pulled up and stopped at the intersection as all the traffic had stopped.

Waiting for the light to change Jeff says he happened to look at his rearview mirror as the semi had just crash into the Subaru and Megan Shoal and was now bearing down on their pickup.

(Jeff Roedocker, Minot) "I knew he was going to hit me, so I yelled for the boys to hang on and that's when he hit me from the back end and what it did it broke my seat where I was sitting and actually went backwards on the lap of my youngest grandson."

Roedocker says the force drove them into a the vehicle in front of them, deploying the airbag.

Their pickup was still moving forward now in the ditch.

(Jeff Roedocker, Minot) "When I finally got to the wheel and turned it over and I missed the pole and I came up on the middle of the intersection between the two highways.

Fortunately for Jeff and his two grandsons, the vehicle took the brunt of the blows.

Jeff suffered only minor whiplash and a banged up arm and one grandson had a mark from the seatbelt.

Roedocker says he, like many other, want to know what caused that semi to crash into the vehicles.

An accident he feels is completely avoidable and sadly took the life of 21 year old Megan Shoal.

In Minot, Shaun Sipma KX News.

Roedocker says he travels through that intersection on a regular basis for business and he has noticed a considerable increase in the number vehicles that run the lights.

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