Crash in smoke from grass fire leaves 1 dead in Barnes County

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FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a crash that left one person dead in Barnes County. KFGO reports the crash happened around 12:30 p.m. Thursday on Interstate 94 just west of Sanborn.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol said an SUV and a semitrailer were eastbound when the semi slowed for a grass fire. The SUV tried to pass the semi, drifted over the center line, sideswiped the semi’s rear tires and overturned, ending up in the westbound lanes.

The SUV’s 24-year-old driver wasn’t wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the vehicle, suffering fatal injuries. A 62-year-old passenter in the SUV was treated for his injuries and released.

The semi driver wasn’t hurt.

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