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Associated Press, Published October 15 2009

Bad roads lead to 3 fatalities

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – An early shot of winter in North Dakota has contributed to at least three fatalities.

The Highway Patrol says two men from Mission, Texas, who were working in the oil field died Wednesday after their pickup truck rolled in the ditch on icy U.S. Highway 2 near Stanley.

The 57-year-old and 30-year-old victims were not immediately identified. The patrol says one man died at the scene and the other at the hospital in Stanley.

In Stutsman County, a car collided with a pickup on a road covered with slush and snow near Streeter, killing the car’s driver. The name of the 48-year-old woman was not immediately released.

Authorities say the pickup driver and a 2-year-old boy in the car were injured.

The patrol on Thursday morning reported dozens of vehicles in the ditch on Interstate 94 in the Valley City area, which got about five inches of wet, heavy snow.

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