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Forum staff reports, Published August 23 2013

Patrol IDs second driver killed last week in fiery I-94 semi crash

VALLEY CITY, N.D. – Authorities on Friday released the name of a second man killed in a fiery crash near here last week.

The accident happened around 9 a.m. Aug. 14 at the intersection of Highways 1 and 46, about 20 miles south of Valley City.

According to the Highway Patrol, Allan Tofsrud, 46, of Leeds, N.D., was driving a semi-truck and trailer loaded with sunflowers east on Highway 46.

Tofsrud failed to stop at a stop sign and struck a northbound semi hauling an empty flatbed trailer on Highway 1, the patrol said.

The second semi was driven by Carl Bjugstad, 64, of Sheldon, N.D.

The two semis came to rest in the northeast ditch and a fire broke out. Both trucks were destroyed, causing $200,000 in damages.

Both men were killed on scene, Highway Patrol Sgt. Tom Herzig said.

Although Tofrsud’s identity was released a week ago, authorities did not release Bjugstad’s name until Friday because authorities waited for official confirmation. His body was badly burned in the fire, Herzig said.