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Forum Communiations, Published September 20 2012

Maddock man identified in fatal crash

MINNEWAUKAN, N.D. - Authorities Thursday identified a 43-year-old Maddock man who was killed early Wednesday in a one-car accident in Benson County.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol said Willard Westad was driving a 1997 Jeep Cherokee southbound on U.S. Highway 281, about six miles south of Minnewaukan, about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday when he apparently failed to negotiate a left-hand curve in the road.

The vehicle drifted to the right-hand shoulder and then Westad over-corrected the mistake, which resulted in the Jeep to angle across the roadway and roll in the east ditch, the patrol said. Westad, who was alone in the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene.