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Forum staff reports, Published October 01 2008

BREAKING NEWS: Hope man injured in accident dies

FARGO – A Hope, N.D., man injured in a two-vehicle collision Monday in Steele County has died.

Kenneth Ihry Sr., 75, died today at MeritCare Hospital, spokeswoman Kaycee Stenger said.

The driver of the other vehicle, Gene Russell, 43, of Valley City, remains in critical condition at MeritCare.

Russell was driving a four-door 1989 Buick southbound on state Highway 32 about three miles west of Hope when he struck a 1974 Ford tandem-axle truck driven by Ihry as it crossed the highway about 2:42 p.m. Monday, the state Highway Patrol said.

Both vehicles came to rest in the ditch along Highway 32.

The accident remains under investigation, the patrol said in a news release.