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Published August 09 2010

UPDATED: Patrol identifies Portland resident who died in head-on crash

PORTLAND, N.D. – The North Dakota Highway Patrol has identified a 28-year-old Portland resident who died in a head-on collision west of here about 5:40 p.m. Sunday.

The driver, Samuel C. Leland, was in a Chevy Blazer headed north on Steele County Road 8, four miles south of Highway 200, authorities said.

The vehicle appeared to have driven left of center on the gravel road and collided with a Dodge Ram pickup driven by 73-year-old Truman Thykeson of Hope, N.D., the Highway Patrol said.

Leland was pronounced dead at the scene. Thykeson was taken to Union Hospital in Mayville.