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Forum staff reports, Published February 20 2012

Teenage girl dies, five others injured in accident near Valley City

VALLEY CITY, N.D. – A 16-year-old Oakes girl is dead and five others injured in an afternoon crash today near here.

According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol:

The teenage driver was heading to Jamestown from Oakes. She was driving north on state Highway 1 around 12:30 p.m., five miles south of Interstate 94, when she lost control of her car. The Pontiac Grand Am spun into the southbound lane where a van driven by a 79-year-old LaMoure man struck the car on the driver’s side.

The van’s driver and passengers, a 79-year-old Lamoure woman as well as a 55 year-old woman and a 59-year-old man from Jamestown, were taken to Mercy Hospital in Valley City to be treated for injuries.

The teenage girl was pronounced dead at the scene. Her passenger, a 17-year-old girl also from Oakes, was taken to Mercy Hospital and then to Sanford Medical Center in Fargo.

All drivers and passengers were wearing their seat belts at the time of the accident. Roads were wet with slush and snow cover.

The crash remains under the investigation by the North Dakota Highway Patrol.