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Crash Investigation Nearing End

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It's been six weeks since a Montana woman was killed while she waited for a red light on Minot's bypass.

21-year-old Megan Shoal of Plentywood died when a semi plowed into her vehicle.

The Highway Patrol is nearly finished with its investigation and charges may be coming soon against the driver of the out-of-control truck.

Megan Shoal was doing what we've all done behind the wheel - waiting for a red light to turn green - when her Subaru Forester was smashed into by a semi driven by Clark Christensen of Idaho. The collision killed Shoal and triggered a chain reaction accident that damaged several vehicles and injured several people. Now, after six weeks of investigation, the Highway Patrol is nearly finished with its report.

(Capt. Gary Orluck, ND Highway Patrol) "This is our investigation file just for this crash."

The binder with hundreds of pages of interviews, drawings, and documents will soon be turned over to the Ward County State's Attorney for a determination about possible charges. For Highway Patrol Captain Gary Orluck and his staff, it's been a long investigation.

(Capt. Gary Orluck, ND Highway Patrol) "This case is a complicated case. Obviously it's tragic because it involves the death of a young girl, and it involves a commercial motor vehicle that basically ran over a car."

Orluck says a team of his people have devoted many hours to discovering everything possible about the accident - from the drivers and witnesses to the cars and trucks involved.

(Capt. Gary Orluck, ND Highway Patrol) "We've got people that are experts at motor carrier equipment and the rules and regulations regarding that - three people with that - and then a team of three troopers and a sergeant also gathering the information "

He says their interviews and examination of evidence are about finished - and they're now waiting on the State Crime Lab for some critical information.

(Capt. Gary Orluck, ND Highway Patrol) "The investigation is about finished other than waiting for the toxicology reports."

That toxicology report will likely reveal if there were any illegal substances or medical issues involving the truck driver.

(Capt. Gary Orluck, ND Highway Patrol) "It's a high profile case, it's a tragic case. Any time we have a death we do have cases that are similar to this in size that we try to work through and make sure we get all the relevant information It's very important to the family, it's important to the society."

Jim Olson, KX News.

Captain Orluck says it's likely that the final report to the Ward County State's Attorney will be ready within two weeks.

After that, it will be up to prosecutors to decide what, if any, charges will be filed against truck driver Clark Christensen.

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