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IDs on Hold in Stanley Crash

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It may be a while before we learn the names of the three people who died in that fiery crash near Stanley on Friday morning.

The Highway Patrol reports the state medical examiner's office is using dental records and DNA to make positive IDs on the three bodies.

The accident happened about 6:40 Friday morning in a heavy fog just east of Stanley.

The chain-reaction crash began when a loaded crude oil tanker semi tried to turn off Highway Two in front of a pickup truck.

Those two vehicles collided, and three more crashed into the mess.

The tanker truck exploded into flames in the accident - a fire that spread to three other vehicles and lasted about five hours, shutting down Highway Two for much of the day.

A 41-year-old Minot man was driving a pickup that crashed into the tanker just after the first collision that started the crash.

He was killed.

A 26-year-old Wahpeton man and his passenger, a 23-year-old were in a pickup that was the last to pile into the accident scene.

Both of them also died.

The Highway Patrol continues to investigate the accident.

 

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