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Forum staff reports, Published August 01 2013

Sleeping driver causes I-94 crash near Oriska

ORISKA, N.D. – Two Jamestown men were injured in an accident near here Wednesday that caused Interstate 94 to be closed for more than an hour.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol said Logan Trautman, 20, was driving a pickup and trailer from Fargo to Jamestown when he fell asleep around 11:30 a.m.

The pickup went into the median and hit a culvert hump. Trautman tried to steer out of the median but overcorrected, the patrol said. The truck jackknifed on top of the westbound lanes, and the trailer came off its hitch, tipping onto its side. A skid steer load-ed on the trailer was thrown off.

The crash caused about $15,000 in damage.

The westbound lanes of interstate were blocked for about an hour.

Trautman and a passen-ger in the truck, 28-year-old Zachary Schultz, were taken to the hospital where they were treated and released for minor injuries.

Trautman was wearing a seatbelt; Schultz was not, the patrol said.

Trautman was cited for care required.