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Dickinson Press staff report, Published August 06 2012

Ashley resident killed when semi hauling corn and pickup collide on Interstate near Richardton

A 59-year-old Ashley resident was killed this morning when he changed lanes for a stalled vehicle and was hit by a Kenworth hauling corn, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

Janice Etherton, Glen Ullin, was traveling west on Interstate 94 about three miles east of Richardton at about 9:15 this morning hauling corn.

A 2004 Ford pickup was also westbound. The driver of the Ford pickup, who was not wearing a seatbelt, changed lanes for a stalled motorist that was parked on the north shoulder changing a tire.

Upon changing back to his lane, the driver slowed down and drove into the path of Etherton’s vehicle.

Etherton applied her brakes but couldn’t avoid striking the rear end of the pickup. Upon impact, the vehicles spun into the north ditch where they both rolled.

Etherton was wearing a seatbelt. She was transported to the hospital for a medical evaluation.

The Highway Patrol will release the name of the deceased driver Tuesday, according to a press release.