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Forum staff report, Published November 17 2012

Hurdsfield woman killed in crash with semi

HURDSFIELD, N.D. – A woman getting the mail from her home here was killed when an oncoming semi struck her van Friday afternoon.

According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol:

Kathy White Woll, 52, had just picked up her mail from her home mailbox along the southbound lane of state Highway 3.

As she made a slow

U-turn to head north from the mailbox, a semi also heading north crested the hilltop. The semi moved into the left lane to pass Woll’s van, but the woman turned left, in front of the oncoming semi, trying to get onto a gravel road that led to her home.

The semi struck the driver’s side of the van, sending it into the west ditch, facing south.

The semi, which was hauling an empty flatbed trailer, jackknifed on the road, blocking both lanes of travel.

Woll died at the scene.

The driver of the semi, 26-year-old Joshua Denaeyer from Holyoke, Colo., was not injured.

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

Hurdsfield is in central North Dakota, about 80 miles northwest of Jamestown.