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Forum News Service, Published October 03 2013

2 men die in separate Oil Patch crashes

DICKINSON, N.D. - Two men died in separate crash Tuesday night, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. Both accidents happened on roads highly trafficked by oil industry workers.

William Goff III, 53, of Marcus, Wash., was killed when his 1998 Mazda pickup was struck by a vehicle driven by Zebadiah Robins, 33, of Watford City. Goff was making a turn about four miles south of Watford City when his pickup was struck.

Goff, who was not wearing a seat belt, died at the scene. Robins was treated for injuries.

About the same time, two miles west of Makoti on N.D. Highway 23 in Ward County, a 33-year-old Makoti man was killed after trying to pass a 2005 Freightliner tractor-trailer driven by Angela Herndon, 46, of Goldendale, Wash., as she began slowing to attempt a left turn onto a gravel township road.

The man, whom the patrol did not name, was driving a 1995 Ford F-150 pickup, which overturned and ejected the driver. The driver was not wearing a seat belt.

Herndon was not injured. Her semi sustained about $10,000 in damage.