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Forum staff reports, Published December 28 2012

Two injured when eastbound pickup hits westbound semi on I-94

BUFFALO, N.D. – Two men were injured Friday morning when a driver lost control of his pickup on ice-covered Interstate 94 near here, crossing the median and spinning into the path of an oncoming semi.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol reported 24-year-old Blaine Weyrauch of Mandan was eastbound on I-94 just east of the Buffalo exit around 9:30 a.m. when he lost control of his 1999 Ford F-350 that was towing a travel trailer, crossed the median and ended up on the westbound lanes.

A 2012 Peterbilt tractor towing a trailer struck the vehicle, detaching the trailer from the pickup and causing the semi to jackknife.

Weyrauch and the semi’s driver, 56-year-old John Wankel of Woodville, Texas, suffered non-life threatening injuries and were brought by ambulance to Essentia Health in Fargo.

A passenger in the semi, 51-year-old Regenna Davis of Lake Park, Ga., wasn’t injured.

The Highway Patrol said the westbound I-94 roadway was reduced to one lane during investigation and clean-up of the crash. The accident remains under investigation.